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IN BRIEF Shoot-at-sight orders near Assam border

Sting tapes shared with Ravi

Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued on the Assam side of the border with Meghalaya even as a Central team visiting the ethnic violence-hit areas said the clashes seemed to be “well planned”. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the shoot-at-sight orders were issued yesterday in all the border areas where curfew was imposed to prevent further escalation of violence or arson and burning of houses. – (PTI)


PM calls for meet on food prices

GoM may dilute ministers’ powers Stung by a series of scams, the Government has asked the Group of Ministers on corruption to consider steps like scrapping of discretionary powers of ministers and the need for a probe agency to seek the nod of Government before starting inquiry against a senior official. – (PTI)

Mumbai’s real estate group raided Income Tax authorities raided several premises of a well known real estate group in the city, a senior official said. At least 20 premises, including offices and the residence of the group head, were raided, the official said. However, he refused to divulge any further details saying that the raids were still going on. – (PTI)

RTI query on Mahatma IQ What is the Intelligent Quotient of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi?. This bizarre question came up by way of a RTI query before the Central Information Commission which promptly dismissed his plea with an observation that seeking such kind of details is surely “stretching the limits” of the Right to Information Act a “bit too far.” – (PTI)

Goa’s Heartbeat: Spears, Hilton reunite at Hollywood party Pg 4

Dudu’s sister reveals all

Error will slip through a crack, while truth will stick in a doorway. —H W Shaw

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting tomorrow on high food prices even as Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said the Government has no control over high vegetable prices. The meeting is expected to be attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, besides Sharad Pawar. – (PTI)

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Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra perform a routine during performances at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban late on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa 150 years ago.

SC stays Goa SEZ land cancellation Notices issued to Centre, Goa Govt, GIDC


The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre, Goa Government and Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) asking them to maintain status quo, staying the November order of the Bombay High Court (Goa Bench) upholding the cancellation of land allotment to seven Special Economic Zone (SEZ firms). The direction came on a bunch of petitions filed by realty tycoon K Raheja’s group and other companies, aggrieved of the High Court decision. A Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma issued notices on the petitions stating that cancellation of the

The SC Bench issued notices on petitions stating that cancellation of the land allotment by GIDC put the promoters to immense loss from investments already sunk.

land allotment by GIDC put the promoters to immense loss from investments already sunk. The petitions were filed by the aggrieved companies, namely K Raheja & Corporation, Peninsula Pharma Research Centre, Planetview Mercantile Co, Inox Mercantile Company and Paradigm Logistics & Distribution. They contended that the SEZs notified by the Centre under the SEZ Act cannot be cancelled by the State Government that had approved their projects and allotted the land. The HC had dubbed the allotments to all SEZ promoters as arbitrary, “in undue haste and without proper scrutiny of the applications” and directed the State Government to allot land

Cops ordered to register FIR in GHB land scam HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Panjim today directed Goa police to register First Information Report (FIR) within 24 hours into the land scam involving Goa Housing Board (GHB) Chairman Nikanth Halarnkar. Magistrate Shabnam Shaikh passed this order after hearing an application filed by Kashinath Shetye and 12 other social activists that the Vigilance Department was not registering the complaint wherein they alleged scam in conversion of GHB land at Colvale. In a letter to Directorate of Vigilance on November 22, 2010, the complainants alleged Halarnkar of being involved in the scam. “The respondent (Vigilance officers) is hereby directed to

The respondent is hereby directed to take action with regard to the complaint…by invoking relevant section of law as per the ingredients that are disclosed in the said complaint and register the FIR within 24 — JMFC order hours. take action with regard to the complaint…by invoking relevant section of law as per the ingredients that are disclosed in the said complaint and register the FIR within 24 hours”, the order reads partly accepting the application by the complainants. They had alleged that Colvale land was acquired at the instance of GHB for the purpose of housing projects of the Board but it has now been allotted to

Nilkanth Halarnkar Trust. “He (Chairman of the GHB) apparently in an effort to channel lands acquired for the projects of the GHB, to his own use, has chosen to abuse his position in power as Minister for Housing and Chairman of the GHB has made a show of allotting Trust which he heads…”, the letter to the Vigilance department and Director General of Police, reads. The complainants said that this has resulted in a loss to the exchequer of more than about Rs 57 lakh. The complainants also pointed out that the Chairman allotted 23,000 m2 at a throwaway price of Rs 1000 per m2 which land is worth about Rs 4,200 m2, to an institute of hotel management and the ownership is not known. They have estimated a loss of Rs 7.36 crore to the exchequer through the (Continued on page 10)

CAG sticks to 2G report PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 10

The CAG today said it stood by its report on 2G spectrum allocation brushing aside the Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal’s contention that the auditor’s projection of Rs 1.76 lakh crore as presumptive loss was “utterly erroneous”. “The CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) stands by its report on 2G spectrum 100 per cent,” the CAG spokesperson told reporters here. In its report tabled in Parliament in November 2010, the Government auditor had pegged a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer on account of allocation of 2G spectrum based on 2001 prices. The 2G scam has become a major political issue with the Opposition demanding a Joint Parliament Committee to probe the alleged scam. The demand, however, was rejected by the Government leading to disruption of almost the entire Winter

Session of Parliament. Sibal’s predecessor A Raja was forced to quit on the issue of alleged scam in 2G spectrum allocation.

Centre, telcos get SC notice PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 10

The Supreme Court decided to examine the alleged illegalities in allocation of 2G spectrum during the tenure of former Telecom Minister A Raja asking the Centre and telecom companies to explain why the licences be not cancelled. “Why won’t the licences be cancelled by this court” a Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said while questioning the role of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India which remained silent when the telecom companies failed to fulfill the roll-out obligation for the 2G spectrum.

The CAG spokesperson referred to rules in Parliamentary procedures and practices that prohibit any official, MP or any member of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) from commenting on any subject which is under consideration of the PAC. “That is why there is no comment from the CAG (on Sibal’s statement)”, he spokesperson said. Last week Sibal had slammed the CAG for its projection of Rs 1.76 lakh crore as presumptive loss terming its methodology as “utterly erroneous” and said there was “no loss at all” to the exchequer due to allocation of licences and 2G spectrum in 2008. “We believe the exercise (by CAG) was fraught with very serious errors which resulted in a kind of sensationalism which has allowed the Opposition to spread utter falsehood to the people of India and we object to it”, Sibal had said.

afresh to the developers for any other purpose except SEZ. In its petition, Raheja group claimed to have already spent Rs 190 crore for setting up a multiproduct and service park and asserted that the Goa Government’s reversal of the SEZ policy and cancellation of SEZ land was “wholly illegal and ultra virus”. The GIDC had acquired private properties and allotted them to the promoters of the SEZs, while the High Court upheld the Goa Government’s decision to cancel the SEZ land to return it to the original owners. Nearly 32 lakh sq metres of GIDC land was allotted to the companies for setting up SEZs, which was also notified by the central Government.

Israeli drug-dealer Dudu’s sister Ayala Driham who went undercover before disclosing certain startling details via a local news channel, exposing the alleged police-drug nexus in Goa, has revealed that she had shared the videos with Home Minister Ravi Naik. With these disclosures, Ayala has created waves in the Goa Police department who have been caught with their pants down. Police sub-inspector Sunil Gudlar was caught on a spycam negotiating with two foreigner women over the sale of drugs, apparently charas. The sting was carried out by Ayala and Dudu’s girlfriend Zarina in collaboration with an Israeli media agency.

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LOC discovery led to Atala’s arrest in Peru

The tapes, which were released in parts to the local news channel, were handed over to the home minister first. “A clipping of this video (Gudlar with a polythene bag containing black substance – drugs) was the first to be handed over to the home minister and which was then released to the media…I was seated to the right of PSI Gudlar just off screen. The item was handed over to me, and I then gave it to Dudu’s girlfriend”, Ayala said in her statement to Crime Branch on January 8. A copy of the statement, available with Herald also states that the second clipping wherein Gudlar speaks of paying bribe to his senior and third footage on how he threatened Dudu’s landlord Sagar of falsely implicating in drugs case, were also handed over to the home minister before releasing the tapes to the (Continued on page 10)

Corrupt Goa police? HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

Referring to Gudlar’s dialogue ‘about the corruption in the force’ in the second tape Ayala pointed fingers at the PSI’s superior officer and former ANC Superintendent of Police Veenu Bansal. The girls had asked Gudlar that his senior police officers were against bribe to which, Gudlar had replied that he was paying money to his senior every month and every year.

“He is a very smart guy (referring to his senior)…you show him the money and his mouth will be shut…people are ver y greedy…ver y greedy”, Gudlar had said in the sting video of 30 minutes duration. In the tape, Gudlar made it clear to the girls that the order to arrest Dudu came from his superiors. Whereas in the third clip, PSI Gudlar confessed of having threatened to fix Sagar by planting (Continued on page 10)

Jose Philip, Nilkant skip NCP meet HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

State Nationalist Congress Party President Surendra Sirsat on Monday said the non-attendance of Jose Philip D’Souza and Nilkant Halarnkar for the first Executive Committee meeting convened by him amounted to indiscipline and the same would be dealt with strictly. The meeting, which never saw any heated arguments as was expected, went on to pass four resolutions, most of them arising out of the current political turmoil within the party. Benaulim MLA Mickky Pacheco attended the meeting. Sirsat, who addressed media persons after the hour-long meeting, said, the EC had taken strong exception to the State Congress party’s refusal to implement the decision of the NCP high command. “The irresponsible behaviour of the Congress in Goa will only strengthen the communal forces and secular forces will have to take a back seat,” he stated. He said today’s EC meeting had resolved to convey the sentiments of the party rank and file to the high command that if Congress in Goa didn’t honour (Continued on page 10)

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Pg2 LOC discovery led to Atala’s arrest in Peru: Goa Police GOA, TUESDAY, 11 JANUARY, 2011

Furnishes proof on drug baron’s requirement in State HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

Goa Police today furnished proof of Israeli drug baron Yaniv Benaim alias Atala’s requirement in Goa, a day after Peru police arrested him at Lima International Airport on Sunday. Police spokesperson Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) Atmaram Deshpande told Herald that Interpol division of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in New Delhi is in constant touch with Peru authorities for Atala’s custody. “During immigration check at Lima International Airport, the authorities discovered that Look Out Circular (LOC) has been issued against him five months ago…He was thereafter arrested,” Deshpande said. Interpol on Sunday intimated the Crime Branch via fax about Atala’s arrest by Peru

police. Apart from the LOC issued on August 23, a red corner notice was also issued against him on September 1 after he jumped bail on June 24 and fled to Israel without anyone’s knowledge. “The exact time frame in which Atala will be brought to Goa cannot be specified but attempts are on to expedite the proceedings and bring him back to Goa,” said the officer. The drug peddler was arrested on March 9 from a shack at Pernem after his jilted girlfriend Lucky Farmhouse secretly filmed his confession wherein Atala was seen bragging his connection with Goa Police. The videos uploaded on Internet video sites – and, also showed Atala speaking on how anti-

Ravi convenes urgent meet with cops HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

Home Minister Ravi Naik today convened an urgent meeting with senior Goa Police officials regarding the matter and asked them to expedite proceedings to bring back Atala to Goa. Emerging out of the meeting chamber at the Secretariat, Naik told reporters that they are in touch with the Delhi CBI of Interpol’s division to expedite the process to get Atala, being a crucial witness in the police-drug mafia nexus expose in 2010. The meeting also had presence of Director General of Police Bhim Sain Bassi, Deputy Inspector General of Police Ravindra Yadav, Crime Branch Deputy Superintendent of Police and other senior officers. It is ironical that Salgaonkar, against whom there were strong allegations of being hand in gloves with the drug mafia, is still handling the sensational matter.

narcotic men stole drugs from Mapusa Court locker to resell in the market. Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances Court released him on bail with various conditions imposed on him, few of which were flouted right under the nose of Goa Police including leaving India. How the drug dealer managed to escape is still a mystery with the police department tight lipped on admitting its failure to keep a tab over him all this while. “After he is brought to Goa, we would be able to know on how he escaped India and reached back to Israel,” Deshpande said. Several attempts to meet the Deputy Inspector General of Police Ravindra Yadav turned futile as he refused to meet this reporter. “Sir doesn’t want to meet you,” said one of his office staffers.

NO ANGEL THIS! n Atala stayed at the Angel’s resort at Porvorim for the entire 20day period after he got his bail on June 21, 2010. He was out most of the day and didn’t use the in-house dining facilities very often. n No summons or subpoena was delivered at the reception. n All information regarding Atala’s stay at the hotel has been submitted to the Crime Branch.

FROM PORVORIM TO PERU A TALE OF SHODDY POLICING n One of the main kingpins of the drug trade in Goa, who should have been on a minute-to-minute watch of the Goa Police, had quite a party. n He moved around in the coastal

belt in a Blue Wagon R, flouting bail conditions of not going to the coastal areas, stayed in a plush resort and clearly made the most of the Goa Police abject laxity. n Here is a snapshot of Atala’s party and his subsequent escape out of the country till he was found in Peru in 2009

stretch, pay a personal surety of Rs 50,000, not to leave the State, not to interfere with the investigation and to co-operate with the investigating officers.

‘overstaying’ case.

n June 24: He checked into the plush Angel’s resort in Porvorim where he stayed till July 13

n Aug 7: The Crime Branch sent a

n July 13 onwards he did not respond to any summons issued by the Crime Branch. Angels Resort confirms though that no summons were sent to their hotel address where Atala was staying

n June 21: Received bail from the

n July 29: NBW Issued in the morn-

NDPS Court. Bail conditions included barring him from visiting the coastal

ing but withdrawn after Atala appeared before the JMFC in

n August 5 NBW issued for the second time after he failed to appear for another hearing in the same case.

team to look out for him in NDPS case in vain n Aug 25: 18 days later, the government issued a look out notice for him n September 1: Red corner notice issued against him n So in reality that government had

no clue about the whereabouts of one of its most wanted criminals for 40 days.

Police-drug nexus: Activists move NDPS Court HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

Apprehensive that Goa Police are attempting to save the disgraced police sub-inspector Sunil Gudlar in the police-drug nexus, civil society activists today moved Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Court at Mapusa alleging that police have till date not registered their complaint. The court has reportedly issued showcause notices against seven police officers to appear before it on January 24 to explain as to why the case is not registered. In all 13 civil society activists on January 6 had filed a complaint of corruption with the Crime Branch against Gudlar, who was caught on the tapes selling drugs to two foreigners on the tapes. “Such glaring and shocking contravention of law has taken place in the hands of a person who is appointed to enforce the

Will it be Babush v/s Mickky for CCP elections?

law, and has abused his power and position conferred upon him,” Kashinath Shetye and 12 others had said in the police complaint. The complaint which was also forwarded to Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) and Vigilance Department mentioned that there is no crime or First Information Report (FIR) filed in this case till now. “…it is necessary that police must carry out investigation as to the illegal action about those who have acted in connivance with drug peddlers, drug lords, politicians, home department officials and the higher police officers, to facilitate the same for illegal benefits/gratification received by them directly or indirectly,” the complaint letter reads. PSI Gudlar is facing inquiry into a sting video telecast by a local channel showing him negotiating with two foreigner girls over selling packet of drugs at an undis-

closed destination. Police are yet to take action against Gudlar, who was shunted from ANC to security branch recently. The complainants have demanded to book Gudlar under Prevention of Corruption Act, Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including theft of drugs from the police godown. In a series of three video tapes, Gudlar is seen talking about him paying bribes to his seniors. Alleging further, the complainants have accused Crime Branch of turning a blind eye to the illegalities of former ANC PSI Gudlar and his seniors. “The video is said to have been shot four months back when (Superintendent of Police) Veenu Bansal was heading the ANC,” the complaint letter further reads.

4 shacks along Calangute coast bite the dust


Is Benaulim ML A Mickky Pacheco taking on the might of Taleigao strongman Babush Monserrate for the forthcoming elections to the Corporation of the City of Panjim? This was the question put forth at least three times by media persons to Pacheco after the Nationalist Congress Party ’s first Executive Committee meeting resolved to field a panel of the NCP for the corporation elections scheduled for March this year. Pacheco, who attended the meeting today, said there was no question of a fight. “It is the party’s decision to field the panel. We are having a sitting councillor Avinash Bhonsle (NCP General Secretary) in the CCP and through him the party will take into confidence people into social service in the city. It is time to judge the mood of the people.” The EC meeting today announced the committee under the leadership of Pacheco with other members namely Avinash Bhonsle, Tanvir Khateeb and Salim Sayyed, who will work towards forming a panel. The committee has resolved to look at the possibility of fielding candidates in various wards after looking at the mood of the people. Meanwhile, Babush has already floated his panel and those close to him say he will sweep the polls.

Shack being demolished at Calangute. HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 10

The Tourism Department demolished four illegal shacks carrying out trade along the Calangute coast on Monday. The demolition squad led by Joint Mamlatdar Neetal Amonkar and Fernando Vales of the Tourism Department identified the four illegal structures and called for demolition of the same. The demolitions were carried with the help of manual

Photo by Thomas Fernandes

labourers, which however drew some controversy. “Tourism Department officials demolished three illegal shacks and a water sports activity structure, but what about the other shack that has been running illegally with the blessing of an influential politician?” Shack Owners Association Secretary John Lobo told media. “Why has that not been demolished? The rule should be applied to all and not a select few,” he stated.

Jose initiates probe into ‘missing’ comunidade land record VASCO, JAN 10 (HR) -- Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza has initiated an enquiry to ascertain the missing record of Comunidade land at UdaywadiMaimollem Vasco on Monday.

D’Souza’s action comes in the wake after some residents from Udaywadi objected development of footpath undertaken by his wife Nenny, who represents the ward as councillor.

Fomento not persuaded to make John moves Scrap land acquisition process near change in payment: audit report court for bail Margao sewerage project: ryots HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 10

The audit report compiled by the Accountant General, Government of India has observed that Fomento –which has bagged the tender to set up waste treatment plant at Sonsodo – was not seen persuaded to make change in the payment scheduled for the 25 years keeping the total payment at par with the quoted payment. The audit report which has been submitted to the Margao Municipal Council has said that this will put the Council in additional financial burden in terms of the present value of the substantial initial outflow of cash on the project in the beginning of the project. The report, however, said that specific remarks on these observations are being awaited from the Margao Municipal Chief Officer since no reply has come till date. Referring to the six recommendations made by the consultant at page No 16 & 17 of the report, the audit sought to know whether these recommendations were considered appropriately while preparing the draft concession agreement. The audit has asked the civic body to furnish the reasons and justifications for not considering the recommendations. On the benefits derived from Carbon Trading under clean development mechanism, the audit report observed that the draft concession agreement prepared by the council does not contain

any such clause regarding the sharing of the benefits of Carbon Trading. Referring to a similar case in the Kozhikode Municipal Corporation, Kerala, the report said the benefit sharing ration of Carbon Trading, duly approved by the Kerala government, was 60:40. The audit report has said the council should have inserted the Carbon Trading clause in the concession agreement with a higher per cent of the share to the council as the benefits under Carbon Trading is recurring for seven years since substantial revenue is derived through Carbon Trading, by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (especially methane, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide gases) from the municipal solid waste. Further, the audit report observed that considering the substantial benefits to be derived from Carbon Trading, a clause to the effect that the Carbon credits should be verified by a third party audit should have been inserted in the Concession agreement so as to safeguard the interest of the Council. When contacted to throw light on Carbon Trading, Fomento Green Chief Executive Officer Sridhar Kamat said that the clause on Carbon Trading was not inserted in the clause as it was felt that the procedure to claim the benefit was too cumbersome and may not benefit the Civic body and the company considering the costs involved in following the laid down procedure.

Fomento for mechanism to cart away Sonsodo rejects HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 10

Fomento on Monday emphasised on the need for the Margao Municipal Council to put in place a mechanism to cart away rejects from the Sonsodo dumping site. Fomento senior representatives Sridhar Kamat and Prabhakar Timble had an interaction with the Margao city fathers in the municipal hall this evening wherein they tried to reply to a host of queries raised by the elected representatives. During the interaction, the Fo-

mento officials maintained that the existing dump yard needs to be cleared of the thousands of tons of existing waste. In this respect, the officials said that the Trommel set up by the company at Sonsodo will be soon put in operation and underlined the need for the civic body to put in place a mechanism to cart away the rejects from the site. Incidentally, the civic body is yet to identify a suitable land for the disposal of the rejects generated at Sonsodo out of the screening of existing waste

at the dump yard. Meanwhile, Fomento officials told the Margao city fathers that a presentation will be held in the council on the waste treatment plant proposed to be set up at Sonsodo. City fathers have been insisting that the municipal chairperson also invite the consultant as well as the legal counsel during the presentation to reply to all queries, especially to allay apprehensions on the contentious issue of Net Present Value (NPV) concept.


The accused in the Russian woman rape case John Fernandes has once again knocked the doors of the South Goa Sessions court for bail. The bail plea will come up for hearing in the Sessions Court on Tuesday noon. John’s lawyer, Adv Amit Palekar said his client has moved the bail application before the court since almost all the prosecution witnesses have been examined by the court in the case and that the DNA report has come negative. Adv Palekar further submitted before the court that the prosecution has so far failed to make efforts to bring the prosecution witness hailing from Russia to depose in the court despite summons issued by the court in the last two months. He said that almost all the prosecution witnesses have been examined by the court and that only the investigation officer is left to be examined. The Crime Branch will file its reply to the bail application when the case comes up for hearing on Tuesday.

Andhra tourist remanded HERALD CORRESPONDENT PERNEM, JAN 10

The 20-year-old tourist from Andhra Pradesh, who was arrested on charges of molesting a 23-year-old Russian woman at the Arambol Beach on Sunday evening, has been remanded to three days police custody. Pernem Police on Monday produced accused Sai Kiran before JMFC Pernem, who remanded Sai Kiran to three days police custody. It may be recalled that the incident took place at about 4.30 pm when the accused Sai Kiran and his two friends were playing on the Arambol beach, while the woman was alone.



Farmers from Navelim on Monday demanded immediate scrapping of the process to acquire land admeasuring three lakh square metres near the Margao sewerage project. The farmers protested against the land acquisition proceeding as well as against the rampant discharge of sewage waters into the Salpem Lake from neighbouring Margao, leaving the paddy fields contaminated. The farmers had assumed in front of the district Collectorate, South seeking time to file reply to the land acquisition process initiated by the Deputy Collector, Margao. In the letter, the farmers sought four weeks time to file the reply on grounds that they are in the process of challenging Section 6 of the land acquisition notification dated June 1, 2010 in the High Court. Briefing newsmen, the farmers clarified that they have not abandoned their paddy fields, but have been forced not to cultivate the fields because of the inundation of the fields by the sewage waters from Margao. A farmer Meena Pereira said the farmers have on more than one occasion expressed their willingness to cultivate the fields if the government clean up the sewage waters and

stop further flow of waste from into the Salpem Lake. “We have not cultivated the fields in the last two years because of flow of sewage waters into the lake. That does not mean that the farmers have abandoned cultivation of the fields”, she added. Another resident Cruz Rodrigues took strong exception to the statement made by Chairman of the Goa Sewerage Corporation Ganashyam Shirodkar that the government is acquiring the land to set up a buffer zone. “The government is fooling the farmers and the people. You don’t require three lakh square meters of land to create a buffer zone”, he asserted, and warned the government not to test the patience of the agitating farmers and villagers. Jose Paul Coutinho said the farmers have assembled in front of the Collectorate to protest against the land acquisition as well as discharge of sewage waters into the Salpem lake. “The paddy fields comprising of the lake was being cultivated by the farmers to grow vegetables and other crops before sewage waters from neighbouring Margao found its way into the once picturesque Salpem Lake”, Coutinho said. While demanding scrapping of the land acquisition proceedings, Coutinho further demanded that the government stop the inflow of sewage waters into the Salpem Lake.

Sarmanas ferry commuters stranded HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JAN 10

Commuters at Sarmanas-Bicholim ferry ramp were left stranded for about 30 minutes, after a log got stuck under the ferry on Monday evening. According to reports, the incident occurred at about 6 pm when the ferry ‘M V Vagator’ was at the ramp. Some coconut leaves and a log got stuck in the lower part of the ferry. There were about four cars and several two wheelers in the ferry. When the operators tried to move the ferry, they found that it was unable to move from the place. The crew, who soon discovered something wrong under the ferry, tried to remove the log, but could not clear the obstruction. Later, as they were unable to remove the log, it was decided to move the ferry from the place. After much effort, the crew members finally removed the log and the ferry proceeded towards Tonka-Marcel.

MMC lost Rs 1.5 cr as house tax arrears: audit report HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 10

The Margao Municipal Council seems to have not only lost revenue worth over Rs three crore from house tax, but also suffered a loss of Rs 1.5 crore due to non-levy of interest on arrears of house tax during the last three financial years. Audit report compiled by the Accountant General, Government of India clearly speaks of huge arrears of house tax and rent for years together. “The loss of revenue due to non-collection of interest on arrears of house alone, reckoned at the lower rate of 12 per cent worked out Rs 115 lakh”, revealed the audit report. The report reminded the Margao City Fathers that even the Mormugao Municipal Council, which is also A Class municipal body levies interest @ 12 per cent and 18 per cent per annum against dues for house tax and rent respectively since 1978.

Incidentally, in reply to the query raised by the audit, the Margao municipality states that interest was not imposed on the defaulters due to non-service of bills in time to the parties for want of manpower. Besides, the civic contended that the absence of a Recovery Officer also hampered recovery of arrears, but assured that the questions raised by the audit will be placed before the council. Even as the civic body replied that the matter would be placed before the new council for levying of interest @ 12 per cent, the audit report has called for expe-

ditious action on the part of the municipality to impose interest on the delayed payment of dues and the arrears of revenue as per the provisions of the Goa Municipalities Act. Meanwhile, the audit report has stated that the civic body suffered loss of revenue to the extent of Rs 48.38 lakh due to non-adoption of the revised plinth rate The report clearly stated that though the PWD has revised the plinth area prior to May 2009 and again in May 2009, the Margao Municipal Council has not adopted the plinth area rate for working out the estimated cost of the construction and that the license fees were continued to be assessed and collected based on the plinth area. “This has resulted in short assessment and collection of construction license fees and thereby loss of revenue to the council”, the audit report stated.




CM giving lip-service on protection COP’S WIFE DIES IN HOSPICIO Kin demand action against nurse, doctor to temples: Deshprabhu National General Secretary of the Nationalist Congress Party Jeetendra Deshprabhu on Monday lashed out at Chief Minister Digambar Kamat for failing to do justice to his commitment of saving Hindu shrines from the spate of burglaries that have rattled the State. Speaking in the capacity of President of Ravalnath Bhagvati Devalaya Committee of Pernem, Deshprabhu said the police machinery and the Government had both failed to protect the temples from being burgled and desecrated. Deshprabhu said his committee that has 17 temples under its wing was rattled by the theft at the Sridev Mulvir temple between 8 pm and 9 pm at Pernem on Sunday. The same temple was in the past burgled on two occasions, including 2007 when jewellery items adorning the deity (Mulvir) were stolen. He said looking at the incidents of the past it can be concluded that the police personnel are involved in these thefts. “The policemen posted in Pernem are more to be seen in the coastal areas collecting drug and party music money for themselves and

Malpem temple burgled


Burglars decamped with cash of Rs 15,000 from the Mulvir Temple at Malpem-Pernem on Sunday night. According to Pernem Police, burglars broke open the fund box, which was kept in the main hall of the temple and decamped with the cash from the fund box. Pernem Police is investigating the case. their political masters,” he chided. He claimed some of the police officers were paying protection money to the tune of Rs 1 lakh to some politicians. Deshprabhu had no answer when questioned on the rank of the officers paying protection money to the politicians. Pointing a finger at the Home Minister Ravi Naik, Deshprabhu said the former was partly responsible for the temple thefts be-

cause most of the affairs of the police machinery were handled by the CM. The CM should stop lip-service and put his words into action, he stated. When questioned whether the looted temple in Pernem never had its own security, he answered, “During the Portuguese regime the temples and its committees were completely insulated from government rule and as a result flourished financially, but with the advent of the tenancy law and other suppressive rules there is depletion in their revenue collection.” He said this was the reason the temple committees cannot afford to put in place security measures costing Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 per month. From where are the temple committees going to get this kind of money every month, he questioned. Deshprabhu reiterated that the Goa Police Department needs to have in place a time frame for investigation of the theft cases in temples and punish the officers concerned who have failed to achieve results. He reiterated that the Bharatiya Janata Party and its frontal organisations were responsible for the desecrations of the temples in the State.

‘Tremors’ due to mining near Selaulim Dam, feel experts HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

Experts feel that mining activity surrounding Selaulim Dam or the reservoir itself could be the reason for seismic activity leading to the mysterious “tremors” which was followed by some sound in the last week at Sanguem. National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) scientists said that state Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has not recorded any moment on its seismometer about the tremor, which took place in Sanguem last week. But there is also a possibility that if tremor is of low intensity like less than one Richter scale than it may not be tracked on the gadget. In July 2008 a similar tremor was recorded at Valinni, Sanguem, which was of 1.09 magnitude on the Richter scale and hence the MET Department could record it. “Mining usually creates vacuum in the earth and once it is created there is some sort of weakness which shows impact on the surrounding regions,” NIO’s scientist K S Krishna told Herald. He said that these changes can prompt the further moments like earthquakes. Sanguem has lot of mining activity around and hence this could be one of the reasons for the tremors. In case of recent incident narrated by Sanguem residents, the scientists say that they are yet to establish that there was actually an earthquake. “Generally, even small earthquakes show effect upto 40 to 50 kms,” Krishna said. On Thursday morning, residence of Bhatti to Pontemoll across Sanguem heard a distinct thudlike sound followed by a tremor for a few seconds. The State IMD had rules out the possibility of any earthquake and had said that they have not recorded any such tremor. However, in yet another possibility, the researchers go by experience at Koyna Dam where


n On January 7, 2004 a tremor was felt in Canacona Taluka. However, the exact location of the epicenter of the earthquake is unknown. n January 11: the second tremor of the month felt at Poinguinim and other areas in Canacona taluka. The sound was so huge that many people ran away from their houses in panic. It is felt that the tremor was a result of mining activities along the taluka. n January 26: Tremors were felt at Chiplem, Khola, Cotigao and Poinguinim. The residents are still wondering whether the tremors were result of mining at Gaondongrim and Cotigao. The Met Department did not record any seismic action.

earthquakes or tremors were induced due to water reservoir. The dam situated 200 kilometres south of Mumbai has witnessed frequent earthquakes. Krishna said that same could be the case with Selaulim Dam. “Many people believe that earthquakes in Koyna are due to reservoir and many have different versions,” he said. “The reason cannot be ruled out in case of Goa,” the researcher, whose mandate is to study earthquakes in the ocean, said adding that however, Goa is safely placed on the seismicity map of India. “That means it is unlikely that earthquake can happen in this region,” he added. Meanwhile, the State Water Resource Ministry today said that the Selaulim Dam is not affected by the tremor. “Dam is very much safe. Department has already inspected the installation of dam and it is confirmed that there has been no effect of tremor on it,” Water Resource Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues told Herald.

...mamlatdar says it is just a passing phenomenon HERALD CORRESPONDENT SANGUEM, JAN 10

Sanguem Mamlatdar Amol Gaonkar, who was entrusted with the investigation of the sudden tremor, opined that the tremor-like effect which was felt in Sanguem and neighbouring villages on January 7 and 8 has nothing to do with quake and it is just a passing phenomenon. It may be recalled that the tremors on two consecutive days were followed with a loud noise and the people in the locality had witnessed a shaking effect at many places. Incidentally, no damages to livestock were reported from any part of tremor-affected areas. The areas which felt the tremor-like effect included Sanguem town and villages of Valkini, Bhati, Sanvordem and Uguem. The Meteorology Department had however ruled out any quake in the vicinity of the areas

and opined the effect could be due to some blasting operations in the locality. Speaking to Herald, Sanguem Mamlatdar Gaonkar opined that due to large-scale mining activities in the region since the last several decades, a situation perhaps might have been created leading to loosening of soil below the ground. “There is nothing to worry,” claimed Gaonkar. “There has been no high intensity blasting operations undertaken in the area on the two days by any mine owners, both basalt and iron ore,” added Gaonkar. Earlier, the citizens had alleged use of high intensity blasting operations by a private company who had bought a hillock in the vicinity of Uguem. Mamlatdar Gaonkar however brushed aside the allegations claiming there has been no use of such high intensity blasting operations as per the investigation conducted by his office.

Agonda sabha members want notified RP-2021 withdrawn HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JAN 10

The few members who turned up at the special Agonda gram sabha on Monday strongly demanded the withdrawal of the notified Regional Plan 2021 for the village and also called for its replacement with the draft plan submitted by the villagers. I t m a y b e re c a l l e d t h a t Agonda panel, which had all panchas along with the sarpanch and some gram sabha-appointed experts on the local level RP2021 committee, refused to accept the notified RP 2021, as it is not in conformity with the draft plan submitted by the villagers for notification. According to Sarpanch Milagrinha Fernandes, the special gram sabha endorsed the panel’s views and accordingly decided to lodge a strong protest with the government in demanding notification of only

villagers sanctified Regional Plan 2021 for Agonda village. Few members present on the occasion raised queries as to why so many gram sabhas and special sittings of the local experts were gone through, if government was not interested to find favour with people’s proposals, members participated, deliberated RP 2021 for their concerned areas. Holding high hopes on government’s submission of predraft RP 2021 for locals’ scrutiny, initially inter-ward committees were appointed and convened various meetings as to what is required in their areas, after which necessary changes/proposals of ward levels were deliberated and incorporated at village level expert committee chaired by sarpanch. “Members at the gram sabha on Monday felt that government should show some respect for people’ sentiments,” said the

sarpanch. “The government should have notified the gram sabha-accepted and panchayat-approved RP 2021 instead having its own dictates imposed on the residents through RP 2021,” felt Fernandes. In a press note issued after the gram sabha, Agonda Panchayat has again reiterated its demand not to accept RP 2021 for Agonda, as gram sabha members ruled against its acceptance and members demanded with the government to notify the plan submitted by the panchayat. The members, who were present, also criticised the government for not submitting the final draft plan for the villagers or panchayat scrutiny and instead went ahead ignoring all the changes suggested by the locals, changed technically nonfeasible sites and approved RP 2021 full of errors for the Agonda.

Sattari teen held for raping minor HERALD CORRESPONDENT VALPOI, JAN 10

Valpoi police arrested a 19-yearold youth from Coperde-Sattari on charges of raping a sevenyear-old girl from the same village. According to Valpoi Police Inspector Shivram Vaigankar, the accused who was close neighbour of the victim, used to frequently visit girl’s house in the absence of her parents, who go out for work whole day. PI Vaigankar further informed that on January 5, the accused allegedly raped the minor girl at her house when her parents had gone out for work in the afternoon. However, the girl’s mother filed a police complaint on January 10 after the girl was medically examined when she narrated the incident to her mother. Valpoi Police registered the case against the accused under Section 8 of Goa Children Act. The accused is in police custody at Valpoi Police Station. Police is investigating the case.

Stop victimising our members, GGEA to KTCL HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

Goa Government Employees Association (GGEA) has alleged that Kadamba Transport Corporation Limited (KTCL) should not give step motherly treatment to its members. In a memorandum submitted to KTCL chairman Deepak Dhavlikar and Managing Director Venancio Furtado, the association has said that 500 of its members were victimised sans bonus last year. “500 workers affiliated to union were not given bonus for the year 2010. Hence we demand that it should be paid with immediate effect,” the memorandum reads. The association has put across 16 demands before the KTCL asking to fulfill the same within a time frame of one month. The memorandum also stated that the corporation should implement all the recommendations of Sixth Pay Commission, which was implemented to 1900 workers in April 2010. “The corporation must pay 25 percent balanced arrears from January 1, 2006 to March 2010 to the workers,” it reads. The implementation of Sixth Pay Commission has already burden KTCL with additional liability of Rs 1.75 crores per month. It may be recalled that at the time of agreement between KTCL and the workers, the corporation had said that they will pay 25 per cent of the arrears in advance and rest would be distributed over next ten years. Through their memorandum, the association has also asked management not to force all those workers who do night shift to do morning shift. When contacted, Dhavlikar said that he has not yet gone through the memorandum and the decision would be taken only after going through the demands.


Hospicio was back in the news again for the wrong reasons, when a 42-year old woman — wife of a police head constable – died in the hospital. Relatives of the deceased were quick to blame the hospital nurses and doctors for what they called as a delay in attending to the patient as she breathed her last on the hospital bed. The incident occurred on Monday morning when deceased Varsha Vinod Gurav died after she fainted after coming out from a toilet. What has agitated the relatives was that there were no nurses or doctors around when the incident occurred and attempts to get a nurse to attend to the patient during the emergency proved futile. Wife of a police head constable, the deceased had undergone uterus operation at the hospital on Friday and was scheduled to be discharged on Tuesday. Her sister Vanita told Hospicio Medical Superintendent Dr Ruando De Sa that Varsha’s condition suddenly deteriorated but there was no nurse or doctor to attend to her. Vanita ran from pillar to post to look out for the ward nurse who was attending to duties in another ward. Her pleas to the nurse to immediately attend to her ailing sister fell on deaf ears. Hospicio witnessed uproar after Vanita and other relatives demanded action against the negligent nurse and doctor. The relatives claimed that Varsha died due to sheer carelessness and indifference by the nurse to immediately attend to her.

Relatives of deceased Varsha Vinod Gurav questioning the Hospicio authorities. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar

“There was a big delay on the part of the nurse to come and attend to the patient. The ward nurse had no business to go to another ward by leaving the patients like that”, Vanita said, while squarely blaming the ward nurse and the doctors for

tragedy. Incidentally, the relatives did not spare the security personnel, accusing them of being high handed in their behaviour and has demanded a probe into the episode. Hospicio Medical Superinten-

dent Dr Ruando De Sa later told newsmen that the ward nurse has claimed there was no delay on her part to attend to the patient. He said that action, if any, would be initiated for any lapse or negligence only after an inquiry.

French sailor held at Calangute HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 10

Calangute Police on Monday arrested a 39-year-old French sailor on charges of assault and damaging government property at Calangute. According to Calangute PI Manjunath Dessai, French sailor, Onry Emile, who was heavily intoxicated wanted to make an entry into a bar and restaurant, where he was denied entry by the bouncer. The sailor on being denied entry got into an argument with the bouncer and allegedly assaulted the bouncer. The bouncer then brought the matter to the notice of Calangute Police, who tried to pacify Emile. However, Emile did not relent and allegedly tried to assault the Calangute Police. Calangute Police officers tried to restrain him and overpower the sailor, who tried to flee from the site. Emile hurled a stone and smashed the glasses of the police jeep. Emile was finally overpowered by the Calangute Police and was taken to the Calangute Police Station, where he was arrested under Sections 323, 353, 336 of IPC and 3 of PDPP Act. Emile was later released on bail.

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Congress leader and social worker, Damodar B Bhatkar, with President of India Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Raj Bhavan recently, along with daughter Raj Laxmi and son Balkrishna.

CDs on medical advances released PANJIM(HND): The Department of Pathology, Goa Medical College has released 3 CDs on Medical Advances. These CDs are produced and edited by Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. The first CD contains articles by Dr Philippe Vielh , Professor of Pathology Gustav Roussy Hospital, Paris, France, and Vice President of the International Academy of Cytology and President of the EFCS (European Federation of Cytology Societies ) , Dr Arvind Rajwanshi, Professor and Head of Cytology PGIMER (Post Graduate Institute of Medical education and Research ) Chandigarh, Dr Nirmala Jambhekar Professor and Head of Pathology department Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai, Dr Tanuja Seth, Professor from Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai, Dr S R Hingway Professor of Pathology Govt Medical College, Nagpur and Dr R G Wiseman Pinto. The topics covered in this CD are bone forming tumors, chondroid tumors, giant cell tumors, ewings sarcoma, lymphomas and metastatic tumors. The second CD contains articles on multiple myeloma, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, and intrauterine programming of adiposity and diabetes, contributed by Dr M B Agarwal, Professor and Head of Hematology Department, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical sciences Mumbai, Dr V P Antia. Head of Hematological Medicine Breach Candy hospital Mumbai and Dr C S Yajnik, Professor of Medicine KEM Hospital Pune and visiting professor Peninsula Medical School, Exeter, UK and University of California, USA. The third CD contains articles by Dr Anita Borges, ex professor and Head of Pathology Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai Consultant Surgical Pathologist Mumbai, Dr L J De Sousa, ex professor of surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai and Dr Sanjay Oak Dean KEM Hospital and the topics are recent advances in oncology and history of medicine.

Sakhardande feted MAYEM, JAN 9(HC): Management and staff of Narayan Zantye College Bicholim felicitated Principal Sakhardande, who was recently awarded in Konkani literature. Sakhardande's works include ‘Kawlyache Sraddh’, ‘Eka Zadawar Ghar Jay’ and ‘Motha Kinari’. Acting Principal Rajesh Amonkar, Praveen Sawant, Satyawan Harmalkar, Bipin Bandekar, Rajendra Kumbharjuvekar, Sherin Shaikh, Nandini Kamat and Shweta Borkar were present.

The recent Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) at Ramnathi-Ponda has evoked mixed response among leaders in the area. The highlight of the VHP meet was the demand for 67 acres of the disputed land at Ayodhya to construct the Ram Temple. About 250 VHP members from across the country, including state presidents and general secretaries, were present at the meet. Leaders at the meeting demanded that the Centre should pass a legislation in Parliament and handover the land to construct the Ram Temple. “With due to respect to the court’s order, I feel Ram Mandir should be built. Lord Ram, as we all know, has a special significance among Hindus and building temple at his birth place will be a tribute to Lord Ram,” Transport Minister Sudin Dhavlikar told Herald. BJP’s South Goa Zilla Secretary Prashant Naik said the meeting at Farmagudi-Ponda evoked tremendous response from people across the State.

Home Nursing course at Ponda HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

Sanjeevan, Ponda will be starting two types of Home Nursing Courses. One year course affiliated to Human Resource Development Foundation, Govt of Goa will start from July 2011. Minimum qualification required for admission is 10th Pass. 6-month course affiliated to Jana Shikshan Shunshtha Central Govt will start from February 15. Minimum Qualification required for admission is 8th pass. Interested girls may attend the interview at Sanjeevan on January 18 between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm along with their school passing certificates birth certificates and two passport size photographs. For more information, contact 0832-2335257.

n I urge people not to get carried away or get incited. As far as Goa is concerned, we are peace-loving people. “Numerous incidents of temple thefts and idol desecration have brought Hindus together and especially the Ram Mandir issue. It is high time that we Hindus unite and protect our religious structures and culture,” said Naik. Bandora Sarpanch Ramchandra Naik also affirmed the need for a Ram Temple at the disputed land in Ayodhya. “Ayodhya is the birth place of Ram and I feel that authorities should hand over the entire land to construct the Ram Temple. I am not against any religion, but the birth place of Ram has significance and the place should be reserved for the temple.” On the other hand, other leaders felt that the peace and

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Stating that clean environment is essential for a healthy living Minister for Home, Ravi Naik has called upon the medical fraternity not to restrict their activities in offering mere health care services but also contribute in creating awareness for protection of environment. Speaking as chief guest at the Installation Ceremony of IMA Goa State Executive Committee 2011 and CME Programme on application of Echocardiography in the different fields of Medicine organised by IMA, Ponda Branch at Bethoda, Ponda, on

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Justice S B Deshmukh Senior Judge inaugurated the websites of the District and Subordinate Courts of North Goa and South Goa; and, in the presence of the Justice A P Lavande, Justice N A Britto, Justice F M Reis, at a function held in the Panjim. Speaking on the occasion, Justice S B Deshmukh said that Goa is the first State in country to computerize the entire district courts and trial courts by which judgments, daily orders, case status and cause list are available online. He appreciated the efforts of the Director NIC, J J R Anand, and team in Goa. Justice N A Britto, Chairman Project Monitoring Committee of District and Subordinate courts said that computerization of both district courts along with Fast Track Courts and all Taluka courts is completed and now it is available for the public through World Wide Web. He appreciated the efforts of Scientist NIC, G Mahalingam, who gave the presentation of both websites. Registrar of High Court, I K Jain, proposed the vote of thanks.

Sunday, Naik said there is a need to conserve national resources for future generation. Healthy environment is necessary for a healthy living and therefore the doctors can play a significant role in educating the people. He assured to provide all help to the medical fraternity in its efforts to provide better health care. Expressing concern over environmental degradation, Ravi Naik said deforestation is detrimental to environment and also causes global warming and therefore we should support the endeavor of the government for conservation of forests and maintain clean air. The new Executive Committee of IMA Goa State for the year 2011 headed by Dr Rajendra Dev was installed by outgoing President IMA, Dr Shekhar Salkar. The

other Committee Members are 1st Vice-President, Dr H P Pai, 2nd Vice-President , Dr Gladstone D’Costa, 3rd Vice-President, Dr Jagdish Kakodkar, Secretary, Dr Gokuldas Sawant and Treasurer, Dr Dattaram Dessai. The souvenir brought out by IMA was released by Ravi Naik. He also honoured some IMA Committee Members – Dr Gokuldas Sawant, Dr S Ghanekar, Dr Pradnya kakodkar, Dr Medha Salkar, Dr Shubhangi Bandekar for their contribution in medical fields and also for rendering health care services to the people. Outgoing Secretary Dr Suresh Mandrekar, presented report of IMA Goa for the year 2010. Director Health Services, Dr Rajnanda Desai, Dean Goa Medical College, Dr Jindal, were also present.

Sahakari elected chairman of Goa Dairy HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARCEL, JAN 10

Mhadav Sahakari was on Monday elected unopposed as chairman of Goa Diary for the fifth consecutive period, even as the new chairman has hinted at another price hike of milk in the State. All the board of directors attended the meeting. Four Board of Directors, Shripad Naik, Rajendra Gawas, Gurudas Parab and Vithoba Dessai walked out of the meeting room before the election process in protest against some technical issues. Sahakari, who was the lone contender, was later declared

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harmony was more important than specific demands in the interest of the masses. “In democracy, everyone has the right to say what they feel, but it depends how people take it. Regarding disputed land issue of Ayodhya, I think court will decide on it and hopefully it will be in the interest of masses,” Association of All Goa Muslim Zamat Secretary Salim Kazi said. “I urge people not to get carried away or get incited. As far as Goa is concerned, we are peace-loving people,” added Kazi. Ponda Municipal Council Chairperson Kishore Naik felt the issue was unnecessarily raked up at the VHP meet. “Peace and harmony should be on our priority list. Since the matter is in the court, it will be better to leave that decision to court. By discussing this issue in public, we will only add fire to it,” said Naik. “I don’t think it is right for such kind of demand. If so, then what the colonial rule has done to our religious structures should also be reverted. This cannot happen and we should leave it as it is,” added Naik.

Websites of District, Subordinate Courts launched

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elected. Elections to chairman’s post are conducted yearly and are decided by the board of directors. Vishwanath Prabhu presided over the election process and later declared Mhadav Sahakari elected unopposed. Meanwhile, Shakari has hinted at another price hike of milk in the State due to a similar price hike in neighbouring states. Of the 1 lakh litres of milk sold daily by Goa Dairy in the State, majority of the milk is procured from neighbouring states.

GCWT visits needy in Margao HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

The Goa Citizens Welfare Trust (GCWT), Margao, celebrated the festive season with activities for less privileged citizens, over a period of two days. The first day was spent with the senior citizens at Provedoria home for the aged in Margao while the second day was spent with the orphans of Lar de Sta Terezinha, Margao and Sister Valentina’s Little Heaven, Colva. The programmes were filled with entertainment provided by various artistes including Magi-

cian Appollo and Santa Claus. The children at the orphanage were also treated to music by young musicians, trained by Trustee Tony Coutinho. They belted out old hits in Konkani and English that got the children involved. The presence of blowing instruments played by young students was a treat to watch. The Trust also distributed gifts to the inmates and the children and members of the Trust led by the Chairman Michael Ferns interacted with the inmates and children. The programmes were coordinated by Trustee Croydon Madeira.

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Fete at Calangute CALANGUTE(HC): Little Flower of Jesus Primary School, Calangute, will organise a fete-cum-sale in its premises on January 27 and 28. The fete-cum-sale will be open for public on both the days from 4 pm to 7 pm. Calangute ZP member Abelina Menezes will be the chief guest for the inaugural function and will later give away the prizes and scholarships to the deserving students. Meanwhile, the Parent Teachers Association of Little Flower of Jesus Primary School informed that the draw of donation coupons in aid of the school building, which was supposed to be held on January 1, 2011, has been postponed to February 11 due to unavoidable circumstances.

Pranic healing course PANJIM(HNB): Dr Anjali Shackleton will conduct a basic Pranic Healing course on January 15 and 16 at Defence Colony, Porvorim. She will also conduct an advanced Pranic Healing and Psychotherapy courses on January 21, 22 and 23 at Clube Gaspar Dias in Miramar-Panjim. "Pranic healing is a No-drug, no-touch form of healing that stimulates the body's own self-recovery mechanism to work at optimum efficiency level. The most beautiful part of it is that it is self administrable with no side effects," says Dr Shackleton. Further details of the course are available with Dr Shackleton on Ph: 2451080 and 9987062209.

Livra Febres feast at Consua PANJIM (HND): The feast of Our Lady of Livra Febres will be celebrated on January 23 at Consua. The traditional Fama (Maddi) blessing of the banner followed by Mass will be held on January 13 at 6 pm. The preparatory novenas will commence from January 14 at 5.45pm daily, except on Sunday, January 16 at 7.45 am with the recitation of the Rosary, Litany followed by mass with sermon and salves. The solemn vespers will be held on January 22 at 6.30 pm. On the feast day, the low masses will be held at 6 am, 7.15 am, 8.30 am and the concelebrated mass will be at 10 am. Fr Mouzin will be the main celebrant. In the evening, Tiatr ‘Dev Borem Korum Maim’ will be staged by Pascoal Rodrigues.

Domnic Gauncar along with his wife Fatima and daugther, Sheryl cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of their new office of M/s Domnic Gauncar & Associates at Arlem Raia in the presence of Parish Priest of Raia, Fr Cipriano.

Season festivities held at Ward 16, Margao

Gifts being distributed to the children at Margao. HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

Three candidates of Municipal ward number 16 of Margao, who contested the last municipal elections, came together to organise Christmas programmes at Colmorod, Margao. Ward Councilor Adv Pratima Coutinho, Shamim Banu and Mahananda Gawande along with other prominent citizens of the ward – former Chairperson Savio

Coutinho, Jafer S Mohamad, Lourencinho Crasto, Anthony D'Souza, Anthony Barretto, Sachin Jadhav and and others, organised the two-day Christmas programme. Free gifts were distributed to over 350 children by the Santa Claus. Various other fun games were also organised for elicited participation of people of different religions. Prizes were given to the winners of the various games.

Restricted water supply to Bardez, Bicholim taluka

PANJIM (HND): Due to transformer failure at Assonora Water Treatment Plant, there will be restricted water supply to entire Bardez and part of Bicholim Taluka on January 11.


GUIRIM: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Jackniwaddo, Brittowado, Lingabhat, Saliswado, Bokache Aradi, Fondawaddo, Abbaswaddo Canca, Sonarwado Verla, Freitaswaddo Verla, Parpoli Guirim, Sonvem, Kumayamarod Guirim, Vanciowaddo Guirim, St. Anthony Waddo, Prerxetwaddo, Agniwaddo and surrounding areas. PARRA: From 9 am to 2 pm. Areas affected are Jackniwaddo, Brittowado, Lingabhat, Saliswado, Bokache Aradi, Fondawaddo Abbaswaddo Canca, Sonarwado Verla, Freitaswaddo Verla, Parpoli Guirim, Sonvem, Kumayamarod Guirim and surrounding areas.

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PARRA: From 9 am to 5 pm. Areas affected are Jackniwaddo, Brittowado, Lingabhat, Saliswado, Bokache Aradi, Fondawaddo Abbaswaddo Canca, Sonarwado Verla, Freitaswaddo Verla, Parpoli Guirim, Sonvem, Kumayamarod Guirim and surrounding areas.

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PORVORIM: From 9 am to 5.30 pm. Areas affected are Porvorim Bazaar, Green hill, Sangolda, Shantadurga teple, Sangolda, 20point programme, Alua, Sangolda, Bhutki Wado, Mae-de-deus T/C, Morod, Waddem, Kharrem, Ticlo Petrol Pump and surrounding areas.





Re-elect Agnelo, Churchill urges people HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 10

PWD Minister Churchill Alemao called upon Calangute and Saligao constituents to back Agnelo Fernandes to the hilt and get him re-elected as Calangute MLA, which will probably see him go up the ladder by becoming a minister in the State government. Alemao was addressing a large gathering at the meeting convened by Calangute Congress Block at Calangute Association hall, Calangute, on Sunday. “I have never come across a person who is after you every now and then for getting his voters work done. It is basically because of this approach of Fernandes that I was forced to take up crores of rupees projects in his constituency,” said Alemao. “Since the day I took over as the PWD Minister under the regime of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, I have carried out developmental works not only in my or friends constituencies, but all over the State as I love Goans and they love me.” “Whatever Churchill does today is not for Churchill and family itself, but for the good of the society as a whole,” added Alemao. “When RDA portfolio was available, nobody was interested in it, but I accepted the challenge and introduced various schemes for the poor,” he informed. “I met the concerned Central Minister and got the norms of BPL which did not have any basis changed to the needs of fellow Goans. Today, I am proud to say that almost 70,000 Goans are reaping the benefits under BPL availing free gas connections, etc,” added Alemao.

Grievance meet turns into poll campaign at Calangute HERALD CORRESPONDENT CALANGUTE, JAN 10

The grievance meeting organised by Calangute Congress Block at Calangute Association hall on Sunday turned out to be an election campaign launch pad for Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes. Speakers at the meeting targeted the heavyweights or likely opponents of Fernandes either directly or indirectly. Fernandes made a scathing attack on his political friend turned foe saying: “Anthony Menezes has turned against me only because of my sincere efforts in cleansing illegal sextrade at his dance pub, which is in close vicinity of St Anthony’s Chapel, Naikka Vaddo-Calangute.” “However, I have no regrets if Menezes is not with me today as for me St Anthony is greater than him and I will not tolerate such illegal activities in my constituency,” stated Fernandes. Citing another case, Fernandes said: “In the last election, Joseph Sequeira had revolted against me for stopping a petrol pump in close vicinity of St Anthony’s Chapel. I had then asked Sequeira not to play with the sentiments of the people by opening a petrol pump near the Chapel.” “But he did not pay heed to my advice and ultimately parted ways. I also had no regrets for his parting as St Anthony was with me and will always be,” said Fernandes. “Since the day I was elected as Calangute MLA, I have never differentiated among people and have always worked for the development of my constituency, but there are always road blocks created by the Calangute Panchayat whenever I come out with developmental plans for Calangute,” he alleged. Explaining his view point on the alleged fishermen attack at the Sinquerim jetty, he said there was no problem of whatsoever nature in earlier times and everyone was involved peacefully in carrying out their business activities, but a few disgruntled elements were trying to divide the fishing community for their personal benefits. Fernandes was highly critical of Matanhy Saldanha who led the fishermen against him. “When Saldanha was the minister, he never spoke a word nor took up issues of the fishing community, but today he is trying to create a divide among the fishing community in Calangute constituency which will not be tolerated,” he stated. He also thanked PWD Minister Churchill Alemao for his wholehearted co-operation in his endeavours to serve the people of the State better.

He however promised to have a re-look at the existing qualification norms to suit the best interests of the local populace. Alemao also had a dig at his political opponents for not lending their support to the causes and interests of Goan masses, especially in the tourism sector as he was very much certain that the tourism sector would have benefited the Goan masses to a large extent. Earlier, Bibian Fernandes (Calangute Congress Mahila President) welcomed the large gathering, while Clothilda Braganza accorded a formal welcome to chief guest Alemao, Agnelo Fernandes, Reis Magos ZP member Jayesh Salgaonkar, Sarpanchas Agnelo D'Souza (Nagoa-Arpora), Benedict D’Souza (Parra), Suvarna Malik (Pilerne), Anand Shettigar (Candolim) and other dignitaries. Calangute Panchayat members Rupa Chodankar, Reshma Kalangutkar, Annie Coelho and Filipe Dias were also present for the meeting while PWD officials including Kamladhini were also present. However, to take care of the time schedule only a representative of the people, Anthony D’Souza, was allowed to put forth the grievances of the people. The grievances were later placed before the PWD minister who promised to do the needful at the earliest. RDA Director Pilarnkar who was also present for the meeting explained the criteria and disclosed schemes for BPL members under the RDA Ministry. Fermino Fernandes compered the function, while Ramkrishna Kerkar proposed the vote of thanks.

PWD contract workers to hold dharna on Jan 12 HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

PWD contract workers will hold a one-day dharna in Panjim on January 12, demanding immediate regularization of the services of all the contract workmen on the permanent rolls of Public Works Department (PWD). The decision was taken at PWD Contract Workers Managing Committee meeting held on Sunday at Panjim. The meeting was attended by the elected representatives of the PWD contract workers employed in various divisions and sub-divisions of Public Works Department and discussed the various issues/grievances affecting the PWD contract workers. In a press release issued here by All India Trade Union Congress, it has been stated that earlier in 2009, Churchill Alemao had intervened in the pending issues of these contract workmen in the presence of State Labour Commissioner, and the contract workmen were assured that they would be given preference/priority in employment while filling up regular vacancies in PWD. However, till date the services of these workmen have not been considered for regularization and on the contrary the PWD has started indiscrimination in the new recruitment drive on permanent and regular vacancies, thereby denying these contract workmen the benefits of regularization and equal-pay-for- equal- work. Breach of assurance given to these contract workmen by the State Government amounts to ‘Unfair Labour Practice’, states the press release further. To protest the attitude of the PWD and the State Government, about 1600 the contract workmen will hold one-day protest dharna January 12.

Fish cutting activity resurfaces in Madel

Residents threaten to move HC BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 10

Fish cutting activity has resurfaced in the wholesale fish market again in violation of the instructions of the South Goa Planning and Development Authority. The activity was stopped during a joint inspection carried out by the residents of Madel and the SGPDA officials a month ago. The activity was stopped as the neighbouring residents cried out over the stinking environment in and around the wholesale fish market. Sources in the know said the fish cutters initially carried out the activity on the sly in open rickshaws before resuming the activity in the open. A resident of Madel informed that the SGPDA has failed to crack a whip against the illegal cutting of fish in the wholesale fish market. “The wholesale market is supposed to sell fish in wholesale and not retail. But, we don’t only see retail trade in the wholesale fish market, but cutting of the fish in the open causing a stink”, the resident added. When contacted, SGPDA Member Secretary Sandeep Surlakar informed that the PDA had put a total stop the fish cutting activity in the wholesale market since the joint inspection of the market premises. He said he would seek details from the contractor engaged by the PDA to collect sopo from the vendors in the market, adding that strict instructions will be issued to the contractor

Raia residents protest, Industrialists urged to block road with saplings help VHP stop conversions HERALD CORRESPONDENT CANACONA, JAN 10

Agitated residents of Raia protesting on the main Raia road by planting papaya and banana saplings. Photo by Santosh Mirajkar BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 10

Residents of Raia took to the streets on late Monday evening as yet another accident occurred on the accident prone spot on the main road near Goa Bottling this evening. Agitated over the spate of accidents in the area because of the poor road condition and uneven surface, the residents planted Papaya and banana saplings on the road as a mark of their protest against the indifference of the concerned authorities. Curtorim ML A Reginaldo Lourenco and his political rival Raia Zilla Panchayat member Domnic Gaonkar also rushed to the spot after news spread that agitated residents has blocked the road with saplings. The residents also ques-

tioned over the poor illumination of the area and demanded immediate rectification of the road. Domnic Gaonkar told newsmen at the site that area has witnessed many accidents in the last few days and called for immediate action by the government. “In today’s accident, a scooterist was flung off the road and sustained injuries after his two-wheeler landed in the potholed road”, he said. Incidentally, Gaonkar pointed out that when residents had gone to the PWD demanding repair of the road, the officials informed that the road would be taken up for repairs only upon instructions from the PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and t h e l o c a l M L A Re g i n a l d o Lourenco, “Government cannot ignore the bad condition of the

road. The PWD should act fast since so many accidents have taken place in the last few days”, he added. Meanwhile, Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco admitted that the particular stretch of the road has become accident prone and said the PWD has planned to build a pucca structure by closing the road for a few days. “Temporary measures to rectify the errors have not met with success. Now, the PWD has decided to tender the work and undertake the repair work by closing the road”, he added. Lourenco said the government has already spent funds to the tune of Rs nine crore on the road at his initiative and added that the illumination of the entire road would be taken up on a priority basis.

Azgaonkar highlights importance of education HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Manohar Azgaonkar highlighted the importance of education and urged students to put effort in their studies to achieve excellence which will help them to face the challenges in fast developing world. Azgaonkar was speaking at the annual school gathering of the Government High school at Ozarim in Pernem. Speaking further Azgaonkar said, the sports policy with sev-

eral incentives for the student community has been introduced for the state recently, and informed that so far 8,500 students have benefited from the sports scheme. He urged the students to avail of such schemes so build a career in the field of sports. Azgaonkar also distributed the prizes to the winners for various sports and cultural events on the occasion. Teacher Shiva Dhegvekar, and peon Shamba Palyekar were honoured by Azgaonkar.

President NGZP, Pandurang Parab, Sarpanch Sanjay Devidas also spoke on the occasion. Luiza Joao, Headmistress welcomed the guests. Redkar proposed the vote of thanks. Dhananjay Parab compered the function. Earlier, the Sports Minister laid foundation stones for construction of the community hall, estimated to cost Rs10 lakh at Harijanwada and Dhalomand shed estimated at Rs 7 lakh at Ibrampur.

Indirectly targeting Christian missionaries, Vishwa Hindu Parishad International President Ashok Singbal urged industrialists in the country to take up more service-oriented projects, to put a stop on conversions taking place under the pretext of serving the poor. Singbal was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a Girl’s Hostel at PedemLoliem, a project by Seva Sankalp, Canacona, on Monday evening. Singbal praised local NGO Seva Sankalp and said such projects are important, as everyone gets happiness by doing so. “We should, however, take up more and more service projects,” he added. “Nowadays, many Hindus are converting to other faiths in the name of service. More people and especially industrialists should come forward in taking up service-based projects so that Hindu conversions to other faiths is suitably tackled and stopped,” urged Singbal. According to Singhbal, there are over 6,000 locations in the country, where VHP and likeminded people have taken up various service-oriented projects to help people. “Seeing the huge service done by our own community, many Hindus who embraced other religions has returned back to the fold and more will return back to Hinduism,” asserted Singhbal. “Sonia Gandhi, who is instrumental in spreading lies about VHP and other Hindu organizations, is more responsible for the heavy conversions that are taking place in our country and the harassments meted out to Hindu sadhus and priests,” alleged Singbal.

Rich tributes were paid to Savitribai Phule on the occasion of her 179th birth anniversary celebrations at a function organised by Savitrabai Phule Mahila Mandal at Deulwada Korgao, in Pernem on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, chief guest, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Azgaonkar said that the work done by Savitribai Phule in teaching girl children and creating awareness about the importance of women education in adverse conditions was exemplary. Azgaonkar appealed to the women organisations like Phule

to stop the illegal activity forthwith. Meanwhile, residents of Madel have threatened to knock the doors of the High Court if the PDA fails to stop the fish

cutting activity. “The situation has not improved after the joint inspection. We will wait for the PDA to act against the activity or file a writ petition in the High Court”, informed a resident.

NGO files plaint over hill cutting at Pajifond BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 10

City-based Guild of Active Members for Action and Review (GOAMAR) has filed a complaint before the South Goa Planning and Development Authority, the flying squad and the deputy Collector, Margao over a hill cutting being undertaken by a prominent builder at Pajifond. The NGO said the hill cutting is being done in a hazardous manner thereby destroying the virgin hillock and the green area which is eco-sensitive thereby causing environmental degradation. Saying that the organization

is fully committed to stop any illegal hill cutting and cutting of sloppy land and mud filling in the name of development, the NGO said that it will not hesitate to initiate legal actions against those perpetrators involved in such illegal act. The NGO has requested the PDA to file a criminal complaint against the developers and owner and to direct them to reconstruct the hill to maintain the ecological balance in the area and also act as a punitive punishment to discourage others, who consider themselves to be above law from doing such illegal acts.

Need to keep tab on vector borne diseases: Reginaldo BY HERALD REPORTER MARGAO, JAN 10

VHP International President Ashok Singbal speaks at the foundation stone laying ceremony at Pedem-Loliem. Photo by Kathy Pereira

“The arrest of Shankaracharya, a divine person (having large follow-up of Hindu devotees) and who even cannot dream of committing a murder, on the auspicious Diwali day is an insult to all Hindus,” claimed Singhbal. Seva Sankalp President Dilip Gaitonde said the Seva Sankalp is running girls hostel at Loliem since the last six years and presently houses 25 inmates, while the new one will accommodate 50 girls. Incidentally, industrialist Madhusudan Shiv Sagar, who was present at the foundation stone ceremony along with his wife Padma, made the required land available at Pedem for the new girls hostel to Seva Sankalp. On the occasion, three awards were given to Sneha Ashok Nair (education), Chetan Ashok Komarpant (Arts) and Supriya Chimot Velip (sports). Earlier, tree plantations were carried out in the campus by Singhbal and others present on the occasion. Others present on the occasion are VHP International Vice President Ashok Chowgule and

VHPs All India Service Project coordinator Arvind Chautaliya.

Kamat to lay foundation stone for works at Pale HERALD CORRESPONDENT BICHOLIM, JAN 10

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat will lay a foundation stone for developmental works about Rs 25 crore in Pale constituency on January 14. Addressing a press conference, Pale ML A Pratap Gawas informed that Chief Minister Kamat along with other ministers, including Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane, PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and other government officers. At 10.30 am, Kamat would inspect the area of Ravindra Bhavan at Sanquelim followed by laying of foundation stone of the road from Pratap Nagar to Housing Board Sanquelim. Later, the chief minister will lay a foundation stone at upper Harvalem for hot mixing of road and culvert and hot mixing of main road at Velgaum to Gaonkarwada.

Tributes paid to Savitribai Phule HERALD NEWS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

A vendor involved in fish cutting in the wholesale fish market at Madel. Photo by Savio Dias

Mahila Mandal to work to continue this mission and create self confidence among girl children particularly in rural areas. This will be real homage to Savitribai Phule, he added. He stressed the need to spread the message and teachings of Savitribai Phule, Dr Babsaheb Ambedkar in the society for educational and socio-economic upliftment. Guest speaker Adv Hemlata Kamble, Nasrin Sullabhabi and Kashinath Chandelkar also spoke on life and work of Savitribai Phule and Mahatma Jyotiba Phule on the occasion. Kashinath Chandelkar presided

over the function. Kavita Jadhav welcomed the guests. Rakhi Jadhav proposed the vote of thanks. Amita Jadhav compered the function.

Prize distribution function

PANJIM (HND): Goa Cultural and Social Centre will hold its Prize distribution function for the 44th All Goa Mando festival will be held on January 16 at Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim, at 4.30 pm. Director of Information and Publicity, Menino Peres, will be the chief guest and Member Secretary Kala Academy, Dr Pandurang Phaldesai, will be the guest of honour.

Curtorim MLA Reginaldo Lourenco has emphasized on the need to keep a check on vector borne diseases by keeping the surroundings clean. He was speaking after inaugurating a sub health centre at Barebhatt-Raia in the presence of Raia Parish Priest Fr Cipriano Da Silva, Deputy director of Health Services, Dr V B Devari, Loutolim PHC Medical officer Dr Sucorro Quadros, Rachol sarpanch Joseph Vaz, Raia ex-Sarpanch Nazareth Gomes, deputy sarpanch Inacio Pinheiro, panch members Rumaldo Gonsalves, Judas Quadros, Menino Fernandes, Conceicao Ferrao and President of St Anthony Chapel Committee Luis Colaco. The function was organized by Barebhatt Social and cultural Association and St Anthony Chapel Committee. Lourenco further said that helping people in need of medical care and to make Curtorim constituency disease free is his prime objective. He congratulated Dr Sucorro Quadros and Rumaldo Gonsalves for their initiative to start the sub-centre. In his address, Dr Sucorro explained in details the need of this sub-centre and promised to bring about awareness amongst the people on their health needs.




Can Goa’s NCP Legislature Party merge?

Vol No CXI No: 010 Goa, Tuesday, 11 January, 2011

Justice & the ‘aam admi’


t is strange justice indeed that houses of fisherfolk have been knocked down in coastal villages like Velsao for socalled ‘violation’ of CRZ, when much larger commercial structures built at the seashore on the pretext of ‘re-building’ original fishermen’s ‘khopies’ continue to stand, operate and earn their owners large sums of money. For some fisherfolk in coastal villages, the new draft Coastal Zone Regulation (CRZ) notification 2011, which allows for structures of traditional coastal dwellers to be protected, has come too late. Following the High Court order directing that all structures built post-19 February 1991 be demolished, those without the economic means to mount a strong legal challenge seem to have got the short end of the stick. The ‘aam admi’ is rarely very well organised. When it comes to paperwork, (s)he is usually found to be sorely lacking. Is that why 200 structures in Velsao have been razed even as the debate over protecting the houses of traditional fisherfolk went on over the past year and more? The same yardstick, it seems, does not apply to all structures. This is evident in that there are many that have survived, and very few of those owned by wealthy people or big companies have come down. Why? Only because those who are economically well off can hire expert lawyers to move courts and obtain stay orders? But what of those who cannot afford to pay a lawyer thousands of rupees for each hearing in cases that could go on for years, if not decades? India is supposed to be a democracy where all citizens have equality of opportunity. But, in a situation where so much is dependent on the depth of one’s pockets, does this so-called equality really exist? The tragedy is that one of the places that this deep divide is felt most acutely is in the courts of law; the very temples of justice that have been created to uphold the rights of citizens and their equality. To fight a case in a High Court costs not less than a lakh of rupees. To do the same in the Supreme Court costs many times more. How many can afford this? Besides, the income limits set for free legal aid are so absurdly low that they effectively exclude most Goans. So is it any surprise that while fishermen’s houses have fallen prey to the government’s bulldozer, huge projects by large companies have not only survived, but have been able to expand? It used to be said in colonial times that climbing the steps of the courts was recommended only for the wealthy. What is really sad is that 63 years of independence for India and 49 years of liberation for Goa have not really made much difference at all. But what is really surprising is that the rulers who run the legislature, the executive and the judiciary – the so-called three pillars of democracy – have not made much of an effort to change this situation. Are they really unaware of the gross injustice that it represents?

Temple thieves


o sooner did Goa’s temple trustees get together to form a federation to resist the ongoing spate of burglaries, when temple thieves struck once again, this time at Fatorda, where they burgled the Nag Temple. They robbed Rs15,000 from the donation box but, fortunately, could not lay their hands on gold and silver items. It is high time the government initiates strong measures to stop these burglaries. Surely the Goa Police cannot continue to be clueless about temple thieves for so many months and years. It is time they started showing results.



a merger by Goa’s NCP may not stand the scrutiny of law, says aDV CLEOFatO a COutINHO

he tiny state of Goa has always been a laboratory for the anti-defection law; it has contributed tremendously to the development of the law. A number of cases were carried to the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court. Various issues pertaining to defections, the role of the Speaker and procedures have been settled on issues raised in Goa. A strange political situated is again developing in Goa. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an alliance partner of the UPA government at the centre and the Congress-led coalition in Goa, has demanded that its two ministers – Jose Filipe D’Souza and Nilkanth Halarnkar – be removed from the state cabinet, and replaced by another MLA, Mickky Pacheco. The Congress Chief Minister, based upon his party’s dictates, has not accepted the request of the alliance partner, and this is leading to a headon confrontation. Though inclusion and exclusion of a minister is always the Chief Minister’s prerogative, in the new coalition dharma, the prerogative has shifted to the respective parties. The NCP has replaced the leader of its legislature party and its whip in the state legislature. It is widely reported that the NCP duo in the cabinet were negotiating joining the Congress Party, which would have led to the liquidation of the NCP, which acted with alacrity in the matter. The NCP is facing a strange situation with two of its three MLAs not accepting the party diktat to quit the state cabinet. The party is now forced to depend upon a single member, as against two members. What would happen in case of a possible confrontation between the two members, constituting a two-third majority in the legislature party as against the single MLA? What could be the outcome if the CM refuses to induct Mickky Pacheco in the cabinet? The replacement of the legislature party chief and the whip in the state legislature by the NCP is seen as a prelude to its possible withdrawal of support to the government. It is the NCP that decides whether its MLAs sit on the government side or the opposition side, and NCP MLAs in the legislature are bound by their party’s decision. The Bombay High Court has held: “to vote against the party is disloyalty, to join with others in voting

IN-Laws & OutLaws for other side smacks of conspiracy”. In case the NCP decides not to press the issue of dropping of the two ministers and inducting of the third member, the matter would rest at that. However, if the NCP presses its demand, continued refusal by the CM could lead to a confrontation, and possible withdrawal of support. In case the NCP decides to withdraw support to the government and the two ministers refuse to abide by the party’s whip to vote against the government, it would be tantamount to rebelling against the party, incurring disqualification under the Anti-Defection Law. Another possible situation is if the two MLAs decide to merge the NCP with the Congress in terms of clause 4 of the 10th schedule (anti-defection law), which says that a member cannot be disqualified if and when his original political party merges with another political party, for which two thirds of the members of the legislature party ought to agree to such a merger. In this

particular case, the two NCP ministers constitute two-thirds of the legislature party. Whether the NCP could be merged with the Congress by two MLAs in the state when there is no merger at the national level and at other levels is the question. A similar situation arose in Goa itself in the year 1998, when a group led by Dr Wilfred de Souza met at his residence and resolved to split from the Indian National Congress to form the Goa Rajiv Congress under his leadership, reducing the Pratapsingh Rane government to a minority. The major argument raised on behalf of Pratapsingh Rane (now the Speaker) before the Bombay High Court in Writ Petition 317/1998 was that a split as recognised under the anti-defection law is a split in the political party. The argument was that the members splitting ought to constitute a group representing a faction that has arisen as a result of a split in the original political party. Rane’s contention was that “a na-

tional political party has a vertical hierarchy, commencing from the lowest constituted level within the organisation right up to the highest policy making body…” And if some members of the legislature party break away, it would not be split without a split at various levels in the political hierarchy. Crossing of the floor that owes its genesis to a split in the political party is legitimate, but not when the split is in only in the legislature party. The High Court clearly rejected such a contention. “It is not at all necessary that it should be a vertical split at all levels or rungs of the political party. It is not for the Speaker to find out that extent or percentage of the split in the political party. However, when it comes to the legislature party, the group claim representing the faction has to be not less than one-third of the members of the legislature party”. The above interpretation of the Bombay High Court was on the question of a split. The concept of split has now been done away with. However, the concept of merger has been retained. The Supreme Court in 2006 (Jagjit Singh vs State of Haryana) held: “…it cannot be held that for the purposes of the split, it is the legislature party in which the split is to be seen…” The court was clear that the split of the legislature party must form a group to make the split in the political party effective. The words used to define split in the then Clause 3 of the 10th schedule are similar to the definition of merger. From that, it is almost clear that a stand of merger by the Goa NCP Legislature Party may not stand the scrutiny of law. In case such a stand of merger is taken by the two members of the NCP, the matter may have to decided by the Speaker in case a petition is brought before him. However, whatever view the Speaker takes in the matter would be subject to judicial review. Disqualification is never automatic, but requires adjudication by the Speaker of the Assembly, and that places the Speaker in a pivotal position. The fate of the two members shall be in the hands of the Speaker before the matter is taken up before the High Court or the Supreme Court, as the case may be. With time running out for the House, the Speaker’s decision may be extremely crucial.

Catching crabs in Goa

Lateral Thinking


way from Goa’s sun-kissed beaches, trance parties and neon lit coastal streets, young boys dressed in shorts are still happy wading shin-deep in muddy, smelly water armed with shark fins or rotten chicken entrails to hunt crabs. Fishing for crabs isn’t exactly a sport for those obsessed with hygiene. But it is still a favoured once-a-month outing for rural teenagers and some enterprising adults in those parts of Goa which are far removed from the tourism spotlight. Crabs must sense when Jonathan Fernandes, 27, is around. Jonathan is one of the most avid crab catchers from Varca, a village on the banks of the river Sal. “We set up crab traps usually during high tide, as chances of catching a crab increase. But one can get good crabs even during low tide where the water is deep,” he says, explaining the nuances of the sport. Eaten curried, roasted or fried, crab meat is succulent and sweet. But catching them is not a pleasant task, unless you like handling putrid flesh – prime bait for this claw-toting beast. Nested in rocky nooks and crannies along river or creek bottoms, they come out in droves attracted by the smell of decomposing flesh.

Crabbing in the estuarine waters of Goa and in submerged fields is done with handmade traps. Called ‘cobllem’ in Konkani, it consists of a circular metal ring with a rod running across the diameter. A loose hanging net is secured to the ring. Hanging from the rod is a piece of shark’s skin, fish waste, smelly chicken entrails or meat to lure the crabs. “The bait is tied firm so that the crabs are lured and keep tugging at it. The trap is then lowered into the water, where it rests at the bottom. You can sit on the bank and sip on your beer in the meantime,” Jonathan says. Crab catchers generally set up more than half-a-dozen traps at a time in different parts of the water, with a nylon rope tied to a piece of bark or a rocky spike on the shore. After they’ve done their bit, the crabs do their best to help their catchers. “Once you yank the net up, the crabs below simply refuse to let those above them climb out of the net. They pull them back with their claws,” says Anzil Fernandes, another avid crab catcher from Betul. This peculiar, selfish trait exhibited by crabs is of particular significance to Goa. Popular social lore says a ‘Goan crab’ is a

By Mayabhushan Nagvekar

person jealous of a peer’s success, who does his best to pull the other down. Anzil knows his crabs well. Colour and weight are significant parameters that determine the taste of crabs. “We let go the smaller ones as they do not taste good. If you release them, they will probably visit your trap once more when they put on some muscle,” he quips. His friend Joel, a teenager from the same village, can determine the gender and tell which crab goes into which cooking pot – all with a mere look. “Female crabs are curried, as the spawn adds a unique flavour. The male ones are either made into soup or gravy. Any experienced crab catcher can tell the sex of a crab with one look and confirm his finding by weighing it,” he says. “On a good day, one can get a crab every two minutes,” Anzil says confidently. Crab catching done, they are then dumped into an open pail to be carried back home. No, they don’t climb out of it, they’re Goan crabs – they love to pull each other down. (This article was first published by Indo-Asian News Service – IANS)

Letters to the Editor Road safety week Michael Jose Ferreria, Assolna Every year, the municipality, police, PWD, petroleum companies, members of the public and others, all around the world devote a week, known as safety week for road users, whereby members of the public and drivers are educated and reminded of their safety on the roads. The safety week commences 1 January through till 7 January, 2011. Efforts are made to provide literature, films, posters,


11 January 1911 Chancellery refurbished

The Rectorship of the Coimbra University was authorised to refurbish its Chancellery with the exception of Classical bust of Minerva, the Royal Crown and the Cross with sceptre and to substitute its legend with the following: “Absence apart the Truth and with that the Liberty, the Progress, and Peace to all.”

Decree on Incapability Law

Is going to be Decreed the Incapability Law in order to avoid accumulation of jobs.

Appointment of committee

The Minister of Navy is going to appoint a Committee of 5 members, presided by one Vice-Admiral, to proceed with a syndicate to oversee all the ground establishments under his Command.

Incompetence in judgement

The High Court of Goa found incompetence in the judgment passed recently and decided about the means employed to know the facts and ordered to annul the proceedings taken place and to respect the wants of the petitioner so as he can re-petition again.

and prizes to the best drivers, properly maintained vehicles, vigilant pedestrians, etc. Vehicle inspections are carried out, free of charge, for the benefit of the public. Rules and regulations of traffic laws will always help in keeping up the spirit of safety week.

Dangerous Goan drivers Crispino Faria, Vasco On 6 January, I was going to Chandor, from Vasco. On reaching the airport junction, the traffic signals were not working nor was there a traffic police man around. I passed that spot twice, on that day, once in the morning and then in the evening, and was greeted by the nonfunctioning traffic light. This comes at a time, when road safety week, was in progress. There was a recent accident at the same junction, in which a lady lost her life. Road users think that the road is theirs. They drive as they please, overtake from the left, cross the road without looking at on coming traffic, and use high beams that blind others, at night. It is strange that incidents of this nature have increased whereas deployment of traffic police has decreased. The must realise that they are employed to maintain road safety rather than filling their pockets, with unnecessary fines.

Beach lovers’ nightmare John Lobo, Calangute A young medical student of 21 years of age recently lost his life due to the greed and improper ways of operating water sports. I had expressed my concern in a letter to the editor, some time ago, on the haphazard and dangerous manner in which the water sport operators in Baga, ply their trade. But this continues unabated. The concerned departments do not accept the blame, but are ever ready to pass on the buck to other departments. My sincere thanks goes out to Goa’s chief secretary Sanjay Shrivastava for conducting an emergency meeting of the con-

Letter of the Day

The more, the merrier

Pachu Menon, Margao

The Manmohan Singh-led UPA-2 government has been thanking the spate of scams that rocked the nation lately. The ruling front relishes these scams purely for the reason that a succession of such rip-offs puts the aggressive Opposition off-scent. Frankly speaking, this is what usually happens! Let us begin with the Commonwealth Games scam. The swindle was to the tune of several thousand crores. There was a hue and cry over the irregularities committed and ultimately heads began to roll. Next came the ‘Adarsh Housing Scam’, which lit the skies. Ashok Chavan had to resign. Then came the ‘the scam of all scams’, namely 2G. The reluctance shown for a JPC as demanded by the Opposition and the willingness for a PAC discussion has the Parliament in total disarray, over the issue. Now the Bofors gun kickback issue has come booming once again to rock their boats! The government has realised that, in such a situation, no single issue can keep the Opposition engaged for long. With enquiry commissions and committees constituted to probe these irregularities, the government rests easy till another scandal surfaces. Therefore, for the Congress led UPA, it is ‘more the merrier’ as far as the scams go. cerned department with the coastal police. It is hoped that he will put an end to such malpractices. At least, beach lovers can then enter the beautiful waters of Goan seas, without the thought of being hit by a recklessly driven boat.

Corrupt police officials Marcos Alemao, by email The BJP is very right in demanding resignation of the Home Minister (Herald, 8 Jan) in connection with the peddling of drugs, by police officials. The concerned minister was very much aware of what was going on in the ANC department. The truth was exposed by Dudu’s sister. It is a shame that the police department has corrupt police officials. PSI Gudlar is also indirectly involved in the mess. These police officials posted in Goa from other states, are spoiling Goa’s image.

Kapil Sibal’s bluff S Kamat, Alto Betim This refers to Kabil Sibal’s contesting the loss of Rs. 1,76,000 crore arrived at, by the CAG on the 2G scam. This is yet an-

other tactic by the Congress to divert the people’s minds, from the base issue of whether there has been a scam or not. The attempt is to confuse the people so that the truth remains well and truly hidden. If there has been no corruption and the CAG’s report is completely erroneous, then why did A Raja have to resign? Kapil Sibal should not assume that the common citizens are babes sucking their thumbs not to know that glaring irregularities were made on the allotment of licences which were granted for a considerable sum of money.

Reckless car drivers Mike Carvalho, by email For years in Goa, we have seen senseless and tragic loss of life, due to road accidents. It is very sad that when a mother drops her young one to school and whilst driving back home, she is killed after being knocked down by a speeding car. So likewise was the case of a man who waited to collect his son, and was knocked down by a speeding car, driven by a youngster. The youngsters, who are in their late

teens, have been responsible for such accidents. They should be charged with man slaughter and their kin should be made to monetarily compensate for the death of the man. This will be a deterrent to the youth and his rich parents so that incidents of this nature, are not repeated in future.

Paths of Wisdom

‘O Maria’ to Goa’s rescue James Moraes, Cuncolim Congratulations to Rajendra Talak, for the beautiful Konkani film “O Maria.” This movie is a must for every Goan, as it serves as an eye-opener and shows how non-Goan elites have captured our land, by taking advantage of the culture, and our attitude of eat, drink ,and be merry, in which they compelled poor Goans, to sell their land. The movie has exposed the middlemen involved in land deals, except politicians, who are the real culprits. This film should serve as a wake up call to Goans, that Goa can still be saved from these non-Goans.

Pope Benedict’s message Cajetan Peter D’Souza, Mumbai I fully support Pope Benedict XVI, who in his message on the occasion of World Day of Peace, on New Years Day, said that we have to begin the New Year by respecting religious freedom and ending violence. He referred to attacks on Christians, throughout the world. In recent times, we have seen violence, which is on an increase. There are various forms of violence for example, violence concerning religions, civil violence which involves terrorism, and domestic violence, which is generally resorted to, at home. Moreover, we have also seen the attacks on Christians, not just in India, but in different parts of the world, where innocent people are made victims. There is a increasing need to respect religious freedom in the world, and particularly in India, which has people of many religions, who live in peace and harmony. Letters should be 150 words or less in length, and should have the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The editor reserves the right to edit letters for size and readability, and to delete any personal attacks or libellous /objectionable matter.

Education By Rabindranath Tagore I was brought up in an atmosphere of aspiration, aspiration for the expansion of the human spirit. We in our home sought freedom of power in our language, freedom of imagination in our literature, freedom of soul in our religious creeds and that of mind in our social environment. Such an opportunity has given me confidence in the power of education which is one with life and only which can give us real freedom, the highest that is claimed for man, his freedom of moral communion in the human world... I try to assert in my words and works that education has its only meaning and object in freedom–freedom from ignorance about the laws of the universe, and freedom from passion and prejudice in our communication with the human world. In my institution I have attempted to create an atmosphere of naturalness in our relationship with strangers, and the spirit of hospitality which is the first virtue in men that made civilization possible. I invited thinkers and scholars from foreign lands to let our boys know how easy it is to realise our common fellowship, when we deal with those who are great, and that it is the puny who with their petty vanities set up barriers between man and man.

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opinionated Relevance of Christmas today! By Dr Francisco Colaço he Christmas story is about the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. The event took place many years ago in a Bethlehem pasture. In a small hamlet sleeping among gentle slopes: the home of shepherds, the land of figs, olives and vines. A place far away – a settlement little known to men but wellknown to God. He chose this spot (for his very own reasons) as the incubator of His precious child – Jesus Christ. Yes, there in a manger, over two thousand years ago, on Christmas day, a Saviour was born. Was he also a king? Yes, he was, but his kingdom was not of this world. His sceptre would be the cross; his crown, one made of thorns. He came into this world because of his immense love for humanity to redeem it from the original sin. His mission was transcendental. Mankind had to know the path of true happiness. God chose the Bethlehem stable for his cradle to signal the road to humility. Yet, there was more in store for Christ. The road out of Bethlehem would also be steep and dangerous. First, there would be the satanic torment in the arid desert; then an angry Jerusalem where conflict and peril awaited him: his own people would stone and mock him. He would die an agonising death on the cross. What kind of saviour was this then? Is He relevant for modern times? The cry of mankind: With scientific discoveries happening at an enormous pace the world has taken a quantum leap in the path of knowledge. But isn’t it true that despite so much progress happiness still eludes us? We live in the ‘age of anxiety’. Within us there is spiritual emptiness. Like frightened children we have been running in search of the right path. But each time we take a giant leap forward the vacuum within us increases. We thought ‘political freedom’ was all we needed. While political freedom and the democratic system gave us much it didn’t manage to give us the kind of world we long for. We chose next the path of ‘education’ and many put their whole faith in it. Today even our high school students know more than the greatest scientists of yore. Yet our hearts are emptier than ever. We thought ‘higher standards of living’ would give us a more joyful world. We felt smug and proud that we had accomplished so much – something that generations before us only dreamed about. All these modern wonders may have brought in some sense of fulfilment, yet we have not lost even an iota of that ‘empty’ feeling within us. What is more, the possibility of a nuclear holocaust stalks today like a spectre of horror through our dreams. The suicide rate has sky-rocketed, divorce rates have soared; our children are caught up in child abuse or subject to the horrible atrocities of kiddy-porn. Where are we? Where are we now going? We are a nation of empty people. Our heads are crammed full of knowledge, but within our souls there is a spiritual vacuum. The answer to our prayers: What is then the answer to our prayers? Only the biblical message that proclaims that only God can bring us peace in the storms of life can make a difference. It can bring peace where there is none. As a world in chaos longs for peace today more than ever only the timeless message of Christmas can give us confidence, contentment and joy. The resurrection that followed the birth and death of Christ gives us the inner serenity and quiet confidence that our final reward is in the life beyond death. Every passing day we are sadly taught to hate rather than to love our brethren whereas it is only love that can end the cycle of sin, violence and destruction. The message of Christmas is more than all a love story. We are reminded that love, forgiveness and self-abnegation constitute the real weapon that will lead us closer to the peace that humankind yearns for but does not find. Christ came to give us the answers to the three enduring problems: of sin, suffering and death. Christ’s birth in the manger, his suffering on the cross, his death and resurrection cannot be seen apart from one another. In the restless sea of human passions God stands steadfast and calm, ready to welcome all those who turn to Him. For we are living in an age of grace wherein God promises that whosoever may come and receive His Son will be saved. But this period of grace will not go on indefinitely. We are even now living on borrowed time. The Christmas spirit is more than the flowers, the decorations, the crib and the star. As we seek Christ and find Him, as we follow Him, we shall have the Christmas spirit, not for one fleeting day each year, but as a companion always. We shall learn to forget ourselves. We shall turn our thoughts toward our brothers/sisters as well as in the direction of heaven where the Good will forever vanquish the evil.


Rail passengers rough it out at Ghaziabad PTI GHAZIABAD, DEC 10

Chaos prevailed at the Ghaziabad railway station due to cancellation of several trains because of heavy fog and closure of the reservation counter. As many as 14 trains were cancelled till January 31, leading to heavy rush of passengers at the railway station yesterday. The passengers had a harrowing time as they were unable to get their ticket money back due to the closure of the reservation counter. On the other hand, railway sources said the money will be refunded to all the passengers. The daily passengers who commute from Hapur, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Shamli, Agra and Riwari were the most affected.

The trains, which have been cancelled include Lal Quila Express, Janta Hawra Express, Lichhvi Express, Unchhar Express, Varanashi Special Express, Hawra-Delhi Express, RiwariDelhi Passenger, Agra-Delhi Passenger, Nizamuddin-Ambala Passenger, Delhi-Shamli Passenger, Saharanpur-Delhi passenger, Ghaziabad-Hapur passenger, Delhi-Moradabd passenger and Saharanpur-Delhi passenger. Meanwhile , with no respite from the cold wave, all schools and colleges in Ghaziabad will remain closed till January 16. All schools and colleges will remain closed till January 16, District Magistrate Hredesh Kumar said Earlier the schools and intermediate colleges were scheduled to open on January 10.

Govt, opposition rivalry to escalate PTI NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI, JAN 10

Confrontation between the government and the opposition is expected to worsen in the days ahead is the unmistakable signal emanating from the just concluded BJP national executive at Guwahati at a time when parliament's budget session is not far away. In its first conclave in the north-east, BJP appears to be buoyed by the spectacular assembly election victory in Bihar and the ITAT order in the Bofors pay-offs case. The BJP has pulled out all stops to target the Congress chief and said the Bofors payoffs trail leads “directly to the doorstep of Sonia Gandhi”. Despite the Congress claims

that the BJP was flogging a dead horse on the Bofors issue, the debate at the party's national executive as well as the speeches at the NDA rally showed that the opposition was set to target the ruling party at the Centre. The political resolution moved by leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and seconded by her counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley had yesterday attacked the Congress and its “first family” as also the UPA mentioning scams involving 2G spectrum allocation, Adarsh Housing Society and the Commonwealth Games with BJP chief Nitin Gadkari dubbing the telec om case as “mother of all scams”. Significantly, the BJP did not target any of the non-Congress parties, including the Left, in its

Is expression of dissent on Delhi streets on a slide? The answer could be yes if one goes by the number of strikes, demonstrations and dharnas held in the capital last year. There has been a decrease in the number of demonstrations, dharnas, rallies and meetings in the capital last year compared to the figures previous two years, the statistics provided by Delhi Police show. Last year, there were 1,124 demonstrations in the capital

down from 2008's figure of 1,308 in 2008 while strikes in employment units came down to 91 from 2008's 174. Figures for demonstrations and strikes in 2009 were 1,114 and 237. The year 2008 saw 1,500 dharnas in the capital but last year saw a decline to 1,208, which was also less than 2009's figure of 1,258. Same was the fate of rallies and meetings in the capital which saw a sharp fall in numbers last year to 152 and 294 respectively from 259 and 777 in 2008. In 2009, there were

tions grow more focussed, BJP's stridency accompanied by nervousness would increase in direct proportion as truth has an uncanny way of emerging. “Today the RSS and the BJP need to answer the nation as to why individuals and organisations allegedly involved in terrorist activities have their support, shelter and patronage?” he had asked. While the BJP national executive was firm in its demand for a joint parliamentary committee probe into the 2G scam, BJP leaders steered clear of questions whether it meant dark clouds over the budget session next month after the winter session was washed out over the stalemate. At its plenary session in Burari in Delhi last month, Congress had focussed its attack on RSS and BJP. The BJP has now hit back at the party.

SRK told to pay tax on villa in UAE PTI MUMBAI, JAN 10

Sikh holy men, known as Punj Pyara, hold swords as part of the procession carrying the Palki Sahib, with the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy scriptures of Sikhism, during a procession from the Sri Akal Takhat at The Golden Temple in Amritsar on Monday as part of the ongoing 345th Prakash Utsav birthday celebrations for Sikh Guru Gobind Singh.

The Income Tax department has issued a notice to Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan asking him to pay tax on the Rs 17.84 crore villa in the UAE, I-T sources said today.He received the villa as a gift from a Dubai-based company during assessment year 2008-09 for promoting a real estate project. In April 2009, Khan had filed returns declaring income of 126.31 crore for assessment year 2008-09. The actor also included Dubai's signature villa in the returns, which is a part of The Palm, Jumeirah, as a gift given to him by Nakheel Public Joint Stock Company (NPJSC) on September 16, 2007.

Assam orders shoot-at-sight as ethnic clashes toll rises to 10 

Man gets 14 years jail for terror PTI funding

primary school compound during the night. They were shifted to relief camps by army troops, who arrived on the scene early today. Besides, a vehicle carrying relief material was also torched injuring 11 people, two of them critically at Paikan in Goalpara. Following the arson attacks on the Garo villages, a mob frenzy began to build up since yesterday and Gendabari Rabha village on the Meghalaya side was set ablaze during the day. Security forces with the help of army moved in swiftly and cut off all entry and exit routes between the two districts to prevent any escalation of violence, Bakshi said. In view of the incidents, curfew remained clamped at Resbulpara subdivision of East Garo Hills and in the four police station areas of Dudhmoi, Krishnai, Dhupdhara and Rangajuli of Assam, official sources said. Security forces have de-

A Delhi court today sentenced a man, who was convicted under a stringent anti-terror law for raising funds for terror outfits, including Hizbul Mujahideen, to 14 years rigorous imprisonment. While sentencing 52-year-old convict Jafar Umar Khan, Additional Sessions Judge R K Gauba also imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on him. “The convict before this court has been found assisting terrorist outfits in collecting funds for their members. It is imperative that such foot soldiers of terrorist groups are suitably neutralised for their activities to be checked and controlled,” the court said. The court had on January 4 convicted Khan under the Prevention of Terrorism Act after taking into account his confessional statement, besides the statement of prosecution witnesses.


Shoot-at-sight orders were issued on the Assam side and curfew remained clamped on the inter-state border with Meghalaya as the toll in the ethnic strife at Goalpara-East Garo Hills rose to 10. Official sources said shootat-sight orders were issued by the Assam government after a high-level security meeting at Dispur last night. Goalpara Deputy Commissioner P K Goswami said over phone that two bodies were recovered on the Assam side on Sunday evening, taking the toll in the ethnic clash between the Rabhas and Garos to 10. East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner Pravin Bakshi said Garo -dominated Chigism, Kaldang and Kasikgara villages in Assam were attacked yesterday and 200 Garo women and children fled to East Garo Hills and sought refuge at Hudakona

tained several arsonists from both Assam and Meghalaya and taken them under preventive detention. Official sources said a team of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs team led by joint secretary Sambhu Singh reached the border and will hold a review meeting at Resubelpara during the day. He would later hold another meeting at Guwahati, the sources said. Meanwhile, four militants belonging to Rabha Security Force(RSF) were apprehended by BSF from Balmuri village in East Garo Hills district during a search operation yesterday, Bakshi said. The militants had planned to attack Garo villages. The BSF troops had undertaken a cordon and search operation to check movement of militants and storing of weapons.


AP parties demand recall of governor PTI HYDERABAD, JAN. 10

Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan has become controversial for all major political parties, including the ruling Congress, in Telangana. Congress, Telugu Desam, Bharatiya Janata Party and Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders from t h e re g i o n h a v e b r a n d e d Narasimhan as “anti-Telangana” and raised the demand for his “immediate recall.” They allege that an “undeclared President’s Rule” is in force in the State as the governor is running the “entire show.” A former Indian Police Service officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, Narasimhan always remained in news ever since he took over as full-time governor of the state on January 22, 2010. He was seen playing a more active role in the administration when K Rosaiah was chief minister and the agitation for Telan-

gana was at its peak early last year. He regularly visited New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, AICC president Sonia Gandhi and other central leaders and submit reports on the political and law and order situations in the State. The “police style of functioning” of Narasimhan, however, has not gone down well with the separatist elements. Now, what has angered the Telangana protagonists most is the governor’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi the other day apart from his interaction with Manmohan Singh and other central leaders. “In what capacity did he (Narasimhan) meet Sonia and submit a report on the law and order situation in the State? “The governor has been acting in an extra-constitutional manner and an agent of the ruling Congress,” BJP senior leader Bandaru Dattatreya asks.

Are street protests in Delhi declining? PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 10

political resolution at the meet which has come at a time when the party top brass sees an opportunity after two successive defeats in Lok Sabha polls. In his address, Gadkari walked the extra mile to give part of the credit for the Bihar victory to the efforts of JD(U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The manner in which Congress leaders, including party spokesman, had hit back at the BJP also suggest that the warof words between the rival sides could escalate. Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi had said that the BJP, by raising Bofors and 2G spectrum issues, was trying to divert attention from “RSS” complicity in terrorism". Another Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari had claimed that as the investiga-

173 rallies and 464 meetings. Only processions, mainly religious ones, showed an increasing trend last year with a figure of 224 as against 2009's 52 and 2008's 125. Interestingly, 55 per cent or 1,727 demonstrations, rallies and dharnas of the total 3,093 such protests were held at Jantar Mantar, the protest hotspot of the capital which is just a kilometre away from parliament. The New Delhi Police, under whose jurisdiction Jantar Mantar falls, also handled 1,261 visits and movements of dignitaries,

including 16 Heads of States. East Delhi Police handled three bandhs last year besides 20 demonstrations, two rallies and 12 dharnas. One of the major challenges for Delhi Police last year was to ensure law and order in view of the Allahabad High Court verdict on Ramjanmabhumi-Babri Masjid title dispute. “The Special Branch kept a close watch over the situation. No untoward incident took place in the city in the wake of the judgement," B S Brar, Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence), said.

Even the ruling Congress leaders from Telangana took strong exception to the governor’s meeting with their party chief. “The Governor is clearly overstepping his brief,” they lashed out. The Telangana leaders are incensed with Narasimhan as they feel central paramilitary forces have been deployed in large numbers on Osmania University campus and other places only at his behest. TRS leader Nayini Narasimha Reddy said the State was “already under President’s Rule" as the governor was ruling the roost with the chief minister becoming “totally ineffective.” The TDP leaders from Telangana, in fact, organised a protest outside the Raj Bhavan the other day demanding that the Centre

immediately recall the governor. “The governor is unduly interfering in political affairs and running the State. He is playing politics,” Telugu Desam Telangana Forum Convenor Nagam Janardhana Reddy alleged. The Justice Srikrishna Committee report was prepared against Telangana only at Narasimhan’s behest, he said. Now, the pro-Telangana leaders are raising objection to the very appointment of Narasimhan as governor in the first place. “How can a person who served in the State IPS cadre be appointed as governor to the same State,” TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy questioned. This was unconstitutional, he contended.


Bi-weekly gets defamation notice A court in Chennai today issued summons to the author of an article published in a Tamil bi-weekly, its editor, printer and publisher on a criminal defamation complaint filed by the Tamil Nadu government. The government had last week filed the complaint saying the 'Junior Vikatan' on August 21 last year, had published anarticle in connection with a bomb blast near Perani Railway Station in Villupuram district “causing harm to the reputation of Chief Minster M Karunanidhi. (PTI).




Saudi eve gets 3 years rap for abusing maid PTI DUBAI, JAN 10

A Saudi woman was sentenced to three years in prison for burning her Indonesian housemaid with an iron in a first such conviction in the Kingdom, as her harsh treatment triggered an international outcry. The Summary Court in Madina on Sunday found the Saudi employer woman, who was not named, guilty under the newly enacted anti-human trafficking royal decree and jailed her for three years, the Saudi Gazette reported. The case of the maid, Sumiati, received worldwide attention after she was admitted to hospital last year with broken bones and burns to her face and body.


Flash floods hit Brisbane



Residents in Australia’s third largest city, Brisbane, sandbagged their homes against rising waters on Monday, as police warned people in smaller outlying towns to be ready to abandon homes as forecasters predicted more heavy rain. Prime Minister Julia Gillard insisted the cost of the floods would not delay a return to budget surplus in 2012-13, but J P Morgan predicted the disaster would crimp growth this year and could delay another increase in interest rates. The worst floods in 50 years, affecting an area the size of France and Germany combined, struck last month and have severely hurt Queensland state’s 20 billion dollar coking coal exp o r t i n d u s t r y. T h e y n o w threaten Australia’s most popular tourism destination. ‘‘There’s a great inland sea at present,’’ Graeme Lehman, mayor of a flood-stricken town outside Brisbane, told state radio.

A four wheel drive braves a flooded bridge at Rocklea, west of Brisbane on Monday.

The towns of Kilcoy and Toogoolawah were cut off by floodwaters and there were also fears for other communities. Police urged motorists to stay off the roads as flash floods swept away two people in Queensland state’s heavily populated southeast, home to the Sunshine and Gold Coast tourist strips. ‘‘People need to think about how to get out and if you don’t need to travel, stay off the

roads,’’ said Police Chief Superintendent Alistair Dawson, referring to some of the smaller towns. Brisbane is home to 2 million people. Marine park officials and wildlife experts said floodwaters containing toxic farm pesticides were flowing into the Pacific Ocean, threatening Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. ‘‘Toxic pollution from flooded farms and towns along the Queensland coast will have a

disastrous impact on the Great Barrier Reef ’s corals and will likely have a significant impact on dugongs, turtles and other marine life,’’ said World Wildlife Fund spokesman Nick Heath. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority said floodwaters emptying into the sea had drifted 40 km offshore to the Keppel Island group, at the southern end of the World Heritage-listed reef. The floods have caused an estimated A6 billion dollar in damage and economists say they will cut economic growth in 2011 and heighten inflation as food prices rise and reconstruction begins in the nation’s second largest state. Meteorologists said monsoon rains were expected to continue all week, placing further pressure on flooded towns. ‘‘With more rain falling it could be months before the floodwaters clear and the extent of the damage to essential infrastructure is known,’’ said J P Morgan chief economist Stephen Walters.

Gilani accepts Israel launches twin air strikes on Gaza 10 demands made by PML-N AFP JERUSALEM, JAN 10


In a climb down to prop up his fragile government, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has accepted key 10 demands of the main opposition PML-N, including investigating graft charges. The two parties have also reached an agreement on continuing the alliance between the PPP and PML-N in Punjab, the country’s most populous and politically crucial province, Gilani said. Pakistan People’s Party-led government had already rolled back an unpopular fuel price hike due to pressure from the PML-N and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which recently pulled out of the ruling coalition but subsequently returned to it last week. Gilani told a news conference yesterday that he and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif and reached an agreement on implementing the opposition party’s 10 demands. The government will work with a committee headed by senior PML-N leader Ishaq Dar to reach consensus on implementing the 10-point agenda. A statement issued by Gilani’s media office said the premier had telephoned Sharif and “conveyed a positive response to his 10 points”. Sharif appreciated Gilani’s “political acumen and maturity”, the statement said. The PML-N heads the government in Punjab.

The premier said he had consulted PPP chief and President Asif Ali Zardari and leaders of the PML-Q and MQM before speaking to Sharif to forge consensus on key issues confronting the government. The PPP will work with all political forces to strengthen institutions, tackle corruption, revamp state-run enterprises and improve law and order, Gilani said. Observers said Gilani’s latest decision reflected the fragile government’s willingness to compromise to stay in power. After the MQM withdrew support earlier this month, analysts had feared that Gilani would not have been able to survive a trust vote in parliament as the coalition was 12 seats short of a simple majority. The PML-N had demanded that the government should investigate corruption allegations, cut spending by 30 per cent and implement a Supreme Court order scrapping a graft amnesty that benefited over 8,000 people, including Zardari and his aides. The PML-N gave the government 45 days to implement its demands. However, Gilani contended that the PML-N had not delivered an “ultimatum” to his government. The government, its allies and opposition parties will pursue a common national agenda to overcome economic and political challenges and the PPP and PML-N will try to find common ground, Gilani said.

Huge turnout on second day of south Sudan vote AFP JUBA, JAN 10

Thousands of south Sudanese poured out to vote for a second straight day in a landmark independence referendum today, bringing the region a step closer to becoming the world’s newest state. Repeating the jubilant scenes witnessed on Sunday, huge queues formed outside polling stations in the regional capital Juba from long before dawn as voters seized their chance to have their say on whether to split Africa’s largest nation and put the seal on five decades of north-south conflict. The scale of the turnout on the second of the seven days of polling brings the south a big step closer to the 60 per cent threshold set by a 2005 peace deal between north and south for the referendum to be valid. Provincial towns recorded similar crowds outside polling stations to those in Juba. One polling station in the Lakes state capital Rumbek processed more than 600 people voters on the first day alone, a quarter of the total number registered to vote. “The only complaints were those who left disappointed after waiting so long in the sun but who did not get to vote because the time ran out,” said state governor Chol Tong Mayay. “Many had to walk three or

four hours each way to reach a centre but they can vote today or in the following days.” In the smaller towns and vast countryside of south Sudan, many polling stations are out in the open, making it impossible for staff to stay open much beyond the appointed 5 p m close of polls to cater for the backlog of eager voters as many did in the regional capital Juba yesterday. The state governor said that his one concern was that even with a seven-day polling period some voters might not be able to get to polling stations because they had been forced to move with their livestock over large distances to find water and pasture. “Many of our people are cattle-keepers who now, because it is the dry season, have moved from where they were registered,” Mayay said. In the regional capital, many voters were taking drastic action to ensure they got to vote on the second day after being disappointed yesterday. “I came at 2 am. Today I was the first to vote,” James Khor Chol, 28, said proudly. Like many in this mainly Christian region, Chol had gone to church yesterday before going to the polling station where he was over whelmed by the queues.

Israeli warplanes launched twin air strikes on the Gaza Strip overnight in response to rocket and mortar fire from the Hamascontrolled territory, an army spokesman said on Monday. The strikes targeted “centres of terrorist activities, which have been hit”, said the spokesman, referring to projectiles fired from Gaza over the weekend. Israel considers the Islamist Hamas movement as the only organisation responsible for the firing of the missiles “even if it does not claim responsibility,” said the spokesman. In December 2008, Israel launched its devastating “Oper-

ation Cast Lead” into the Gaza Strip in response to rocket and mortar fire. The 22-day war, which ended in a ceasefire on January 18, 2009, killed 1,400 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 13 Israelis, 10 of them soldiers. In its wake the number of Palestinian attacks dropped significantly, although 230 rockets and mortar rounds were fired at Israel during 2010, according to army figures. Right wingers in the Israeli government called on Sunday for tough militar y action against Gaza militants after a violent weekend on Israel’s border with the Palestinian coastal enclave.

From Page 1 Dudu’s sister reveals all

media. What prompted the women to carry out the sting was Dudu’s arrest who according to them was falsely implicated. Dudu was arrested with several kilograms of different types of narcotics at Anjuna in February 2010. Ayala who got in touch with Gudlar after Dudu’s arrest maintained contacts with him even after she left for Israel. So also, Zarina was in regular contact with Gudlar. “Sometime in the month of October 2010 when I was home in Israel, I was contacted by some persons who showed keen interest in the various stories circulating around the Israeli national ‘Atala’ and the police-drug nexus in Goa. They asked if I was ready to involve myself in a sting operation to test if drugs could be made available by police. I agreed to their proposal”, she stated. As per instruction and contract with the agency, Ayala developed friendship with Gudlar and executed the plan with the entire team at a hotel in North Goa. The team chose Zarina’s house to conduct the sting and each one was tutored on how to record the entire episode with the spy-cam. On Gudlar’s arrival, the girls presented him gifts he had asked for. The conversation from then, according to Ayala was not planned except that the girls had to ask him charas, being the sole purpose of the sting operation. “…PSI Gudlar put his hand into his pocket and removed polythene packet containing the black substance similar to what he had given me earlier. I told him it was better stuff than the earlier one and then passed it on to Dudu’s girlfriend who held it in her hand and for a little while and that placed in on the table in front of Gudlar”, she said in her chronology of the sting operation.

Corrupt Goa police? charas on him, if he tried to sell the house without informing him (Gudlar). “The video contains a lot of other bits and pieces of conversation revolving around my brother’s case. But none of these were planned or necessarily intended. The central goal was the sting operation to get the ‘charas’ supplied by a police officer. This was accomplished,” she said in her statement copy adding that she has evidence of Gudlar’s telephonic conversation and text messages. While the drug lord’s sister is in Goa to co-operate with the investigation into Gudlar case, Goa police is dragging its feet to take action against the alleged tainted PSI.

Jose, Nilkant skip meet the coalition dharma it would be forced to field candidates in all 40 constituencies. Sirsat said the EC unanimously resolved to endorse the decision of the party’s National President Sharad Pawar seeking resignation of Jose Philip and Nilkant as ministers from the Cabinet. It also endorsed the decision of the president to remove Jose Philip as legislature wing leader and Nilkant as chief whip of the party and give both these designations to Pacheco. He said as was reported there was no tension at the meeting and the same went off smoothly. However, some of the EC members appeared disgruntled as they were not allowed to raise issues and were instead asked to submit their grievances in writing to the president.

GHB land scam

alleged illegalities. GHB Managing Director Melvyn Vaz had, however, refuted allegations stating that areas in the detailed layout plan were embarked for residential, commercial and institutional plots, housing open spaces and others. “We strongly deny the irregularities whatsoever and there is no loss to the exchequer whatsoever”, he had said. After pulling the State Vigilance officers to Court for not filing an FIR in the land scam, social activists had also alleged that Housing Board meeting papers were forged.





US, China for deeper military ties to avoid conflict Reuters


US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and his Chinese counterpart said on Monday stronger military ties were needed to avoid missteps between the world’s two most powerful countries, whose forces have pushed up against each other in Asia. Gates is in China on a bridgebuilding trip a week ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States for a January 19 summit with President Barack Obama. US and Chinese military ties were curtailed for much of last year after Beijing protested against Obama’s proposed sale of 6.4 billion dollar in weapons to Taiwan, the self-ruled island China deems an illegitimate breakaway. Gates said the lack of ties be-

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates reviews a military honour guard during an arrival ceremony at the Bayi Building in Beijing on Monday.

tween the two militaries could magnify risks. US and Chinese defence-related ships have jostled in seas near China in past years, and in 2001 a mid-air collision between a US surveillance plane and a Chinese air force fighter erupted into a diplomatic standoff. ‘‘We are in strong agreement that in order to reduce the

chances of miscommunication, misunderstanding or miscalculation, it is important that our military-to-military ties are solid, consistent and not subject to shifting political winds,’’ Gates told reporters after talks with Chinese Defence Minister Liang Guanglie. Liang said they had ‘‘agreed that sustained and reliable military-to-military contacts will help reduce misunderstanding and miscalculation’’. Military ties are among the most brittle links between the United States and China, grappling with trade and currency strains, and human rights dis-

putes that have unsettled relations between the world’s biggest economy and the emerging number two. Senior Obama administration officials, including Gates, have also urged Beijing to do more to rein in the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran and to become more candid about the modernisation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). While military links do not feature in day-to-day dealings between Beijing and Washington, officials fear China’s growing strength raises the risk of military mishaps flaring into volatile disputes.

Arizona gunman charged on 5 counts PTI WASHINGTON, JAN 10

US authorities on Monday charged Arizona gunman Jared Lee Loughner with attempting to assassinate Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others, including a federal judge. Loughner, 22, has been charged on five counts – two of murder and three of attempted murder, according to the charge sheet filed by Arizona US Attorney Dennis K Burke. The alleged suspect is scheduled to be produced before a Arizona court later today. Federal investigative authorities say Loughner tried to kill the Democratic Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, who is battling for her life at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona. Doctors say Giffords, who was shot at the back of her head, by Loughner at a public event at a grocery store in Tucson on Saturday is in a very critical condition though she is responding to the treatment. The shootout also killed six others, including a nineyear-old girl and a federal district judge, besides injuring 18 others. Doctors said Giffords was lucky to be alive but would not speculate about the degree of her recovery, which they said could take months or longer.

South Korea, Japan upgrade ties in face of North threat Reuters


South Korea and one-time colonial ruler Japan put decades of bitterness behind them today by agreeing to expand military cooperation in the face of North Korean hostility. Their defence chiefs agreed in Seoul to upgrade their relationship, concerned at the threat posed by Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions and its military posturing, underscored by a deadly attack on a southern island in November and the sinking in March of a southern naval vessel also blamed on the North. ‘‘At this meeting, ministers of both countries shared in-depth views on the regional security regarding the sinking of the Cheonan (naval vessel) and the shelling on Yeonpyeong island,’’

South Korea’s defence ministry said in a statement. ‘‘Especially, South Korea and Japan will cooperate closely, agreeing that the recent series of North Korea provocative acts, such as the Yeonpyeong artillery shelling and the disclosure of its uranium enrichment programme, is not acceptable and seriously disturbs the peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and the Northeast Asian region.’’ South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin and his Japanese counterpart, Toshimi Kitazawa, met as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and his Chinese counterpart said in Beijing today stronger military ties were needed to avoid missteps between the two countries. The United States, China, Japan, Russia and South Korea are all in-

volved in on-again-off-again sixparty talks aimed at reining in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Indian-American Nikki Haley to be sworn-in as Gov dal’s success story. Last week, she appointed Tony Keck, a key aide of Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, to be her next director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. A series of events will kickoff tomorrow with a ‘Family Fun Night’ and the swearingin ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday. PTI WASHINGTON, JAN 10

A green turtle siezed by police waits to be released at a marine police seaport at Benoa in Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Monday. Indonesia Marine police seized 38 green turtles from the Karangasem regency part of Bali island.

Taseer killer claims he acted alone

Pope urges Pak to repeal anti-blasphemy law



The assassin of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer on Monday confessed in a Pakistani court that he had acted alone in killing the politician and that he had been planning the attack before being deployed to guard him. Even as suspicion lingered that he was part of a conspiracy, Mumtaz Qari denied that he was influenced by any political or religious group. Qadri was produced in the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi amidst tight security and the judge recorded his confession under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The judge subsequently remanded him to judicial custody for a fortnight and sent him to Adiala Jail.

Pakistan must repeal its antiblasphemy law because it acts as a “pretext for acts of injustice and violence against religious minorities”, the pope said today as he urged world leaders to ensure Christians are protected from attack and discrimination. In an address devoted to religious freedom, Benedict XVI said the “tragic murder” of Salmaan Taseer, the Punjab governor who was killed for opposing legislation that imposes a death sentence for people who insult the prophet Muhammad, showed there was an “urgent need to make progress” in the abrogation of this law. He told an audience of am-

bassadors assigned to the Holy See: “The particular influence of a given religion in a nation ought never to mean that citizens of another religion can be subject to discrimination in social life or, even worse, that violence against them can be tolerated. “In this regard, it is important for interreligious dialogue to favour a common commitment to recognising and promoting the religious freedom of each person and community.” He also criticised countries such as Saudi Arabia, which curtails the worship of its millionplus Christian immigrant population by outlawing the public preaching and practise of non-Muslim religions.

Crucial Indo-Bangla talks on Teesta water sharing begins PTI DHAKA, JAN 10

India and Bangladesh on Monday launched their crucial talks to hammer out an interim agreement on sharing of waters of Teesta river in dry season for the next 15 years. India’s Water Resources Secretary Dhruv Vijai Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Mohammad Wahiduzzaman met at the state guest house of Meghna this morning, a spokesman of the Indo-Bangal Joint River Commission said. Officials said the two countries are expected to draft an interim agreement on water sharing in dry season in the Teesta for the next 15 years. The two countries are understood to have decided to reach an interim agreement as protracted negotiations on the Teesta since 1952 eluded a solution. The two neighbours had only exchanged papers to resolve the issue in the past decades.

The Teesta River.

Bangladesh submitted a draft interim treaty at the ministerlevel talks of the JRC in New Delhi last year while officials said the Bangladeshi proposal suggested a good share of the water to be kept for the river itself and the rest to be divided into two shares through India’s Gazoldoba – the only release p o i n t o f Te e s t a w a t e r t o Bangladesh. They said India earlier gave a ‘statement of principles’ for sharing Teesta wanting the lion share of the river waters while Dhaka proposed setting aside 20 per cent of the river’s total natural flow for the stream itself and sharing the remaining 80 per cent equally.

The secretary-level meeting of the JRC is also likely to discuss a short-term treaty for sharing water of the Feni river, another border river in southeastern frontiers, while negotiations were underway at expert level on sharing of waters of six more rivers – Monu, Khowai, Muhuri, Gomti, Dhorla and Dudhkumar. Foreign Minster Dipu Moni had recently said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government attached highest priority towards concluding water sharing treaty of the Teesta. The water of Teesta is crucial for Bangladesh, especially in the leanest period from December to March. Drastic fall in the water flow of Teesta during the lean season, especially in Februar y and March, seriously hampers irrigation in Bangladesh. Bangladesh and India had inked a landmark treaty on sharing of the Ganges water during Hasina’s previous 1996-2001 tenure removing a major irk in bilateral ties.

Indian-American Nikki Haley will script history on Wednesday when she will be swornin as the first woman Governor of South Carolina state, becoming only the second person from the community to hold a gubernatorial post in the US. Daughter of Sikh immigrant parents from Punjab, Republican Namrata Nikki Randhawa Haley won the November 3 elections to the Governor’s post trouncing the Democratic party of US President Barack Obama. 38-year-old Haley, who will be the first non-white Governor of South Carolina, would replace another Indian-American Bobby Jindal to be the youngest current Governor of the US. Jindal, at present, is the youngest governor. “This is a new page for South Carolina, and we have a lot of families that want to get involved in that,” Haley said. In fact, she is seeking cue from Jin-


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Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said that India is reverting to pre-crisis growth level of 9 per cent although high inflation and surge in capital flows continue to remain matters of concern. Pointing out that economy recorded a growth rate of 8.9 per cent during the first half of the current fiscal, he said, it "takes us back on the high growth path that the economy was traversing on in the years prior to the crisis. The concern on inflation remains". Mukherjee was speaking at the 2nd International Finance Conference at IIM here. India was growing at over nine per cent before the global financial crisis hit the world and pulled down country's growth rate to 6.7 per cent in 2008-09. The growth rate, however, improved to 7.4 per cent in 2009-10.



Hoping that the world economy would improve during 2011, Mukherjee said, "India's growth momentum, to some extent, is affected by developments in the western world. A faster recovery in the west is in the interest of all. "In Europe, there are some concerns, with Ireland seeking help from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). A few other countries in the European Union may also be facing sovereign debt problems", he added. As regards rising prices and spurt in capital flows, the Minister said, "major emerging market economies are experiencing robust growth, though surge in capital inflows and inflation, including from the hardening of global commodity price, is a source of worry." According to experts, besides demand-supply mismatch, spurt in flow of overseas capital too is stoking inflation. As per recent data, portfolio investment during 2010 more than doubled to USD 39 billion from USD 18 billion a year ago. Although India has moved on to the high economic expansion path, advanced countries including the US and EU nations continue to grapple with sluggish growth. The country, according to some estimates, may record a growth of 9 per cent in the current fiscal itself.


Directorate of Transport, Sesa Goa, KTC join hands

The IMF has projected a growth rate of 8.8 per cent during 2010-11, up from 7.4 per cent a year ago. Price rise, however, has continued to be a sore point with food inflation jumping to the year high level of 18.32 percent for the week ended December 25. The government had taken host of steps to tame rising prices. These include anti-hording operations and permitting duty-free import of essential food items.

Merc sales clock 80% jump in 2010 PTI MUMBAI, JAN 10

Mercedes-Benz India said it has clocked a 80% jump in sales during Jan-Dec 2010, at 5,819 units, as against 3,250 units in the corresponding period last year. The company had clocked 115 per cent jump in sales at 710 units in December 2010, as against 334 units in the same month last year. The strategy for the Indian market is focused on offering a comprehensive product portfolio, delivering the highest value to the customer.

India seeks FSAP by IMF, WB PTI KOLKATA, JAN 10

India has voluntarily sought a comprehensive Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP) by IMF and World Bank, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said asserting the country has been found to be compliant with such international financial standards. "We have voluntarily sought a full-fledged Financial Sector Assessment Programme to be conducted by the IMF and the World Bank", Mukherjee told the International Financial Conference at IIM here. He said that FSAP was an international evaluation exercise

Thomas Cook, Xpress Money tie up Foreign exchange solutions provider, Thomas Cook (India) (TCIL), today announced a strategic tie-up with Xpress Money, for foreign exchange remittance into India from the Middle East. Xpress Money is a service offering of the UAE Exchange and Financial Services. "We tied-up with Xpress Money as it is very strong in money transfer remittances that are coming out of the Middle East. This is a strategic move adopted by the company to position itself as the first choice in the money transfer space offering products and we expect our transaction base to double in the next 12 months," TCIL's Managing Director, Madhavan Menon, told reporters here.


PANJIM (HBD) -- National Road Safety Week 2011 commenced in Goa with the theme Road Safety A Mission, Not Intermission. As a part of this celebration, Sesa Goa Ltd and Directorate of Transport in association with Kadamba Transport Corporation jointly released banners/stickers/booklet on road safety which are issued in public interest and will be displayed on all the buses ans public transport. The intention of these banners/stickers is to make general public aware about the importance of road safety. The dignitaries present at the function were Arun Desai, Director of Transport, Mahesh Patil, AVP- HSEC, Sesa Goa, Manuel Afonso, Dy Dir (N), Ashok Bhonsale, Dy Dir (S), Venancio Furtado, MD KTC and Mahesh Mahajan, manager- Safety, Sesa Goa Ltd. Arun Desai, Director of Transport appreciated Sesa Goa’s efforts in promoting road safety awareness and made a special mention of Public-Private partnership for larger success of such initiatives. Venancio Furtado talking on road safety said that, “The Machine should not control the driver but the driver should control the Machine”.

Sensex hits 6-week low PTI MUMBAI, JAN 10

Stock markets fell for the fifth straight session today, with the BSE benchmark Sensex losing nearly 468 points to close at 6-week low on continued selling by edgy investors, ahead of third quarter corporate results and weak global cues. The key index has plummeted by a whopping 1,337 points or 6.5 per cent in five straight sessions. The BSE index Sensex trimmed its early gains, and tanked by 467.69 points or 2.38 per cent to close at 19,224.12 -- the level last seen on November 26, 2010. Intra-day, it had fallen 533 points as investors continued to be bogged down by fears of interest rate hike coupled with negative show of global peers.

US-based iGate-led consortium today clinched a deal to buy nearly 63% stake in India's sixth largest IT firm Patni Computer for about USD 921 million (Rs 4,188 crore) after several rounds of negotiations. "iGate subsidiaries will pay Rs 503.50 per share for buying 63% stake in Patni, pegging the deal at USD 921 million," iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy said. The deal size, however, will go up to about USD 1.22 billion (more than Rs 5,400 crore), after acquisition of 20 per cent from public shareholders at the same price of Rs 503.50 a share through the mandatory open offer. The aggregate price for the shares to be purchased in the open offer assuming full tender is estimated at USD 301 million. Shares of Patni closed at Rs 463.85 on the BSE, up 0.82 per Aban Offshor, 769.1, 774, 722.05, 724.85 Abb Ltd., 780, 785, 737, 748.7 Abg Shipyard, 385.05, 385.9, 370, 372.05 Acc Limited, 1002, 1024, 983, 1016.1 Adani Enterp, 636.4, 647.8, 580.8, 584.55 Aditya Birla, 776, 798, 752.1, 762.8 Allahabad Ba, 210, 210, 201, 203.25 Alstom Proje, 696, 696, 657.05, 667.65 Ambuja Cemen, 128, 130.85, 125.85, 127.45 Andhra Bank, 141, 142.6, 135, 135.55 Ashok Leylan, 63, 63, 59.25, 60.1 Asian Paints, 2785.05, 2785.05, 2648, 2677.75 Axis Bank Li, 1285, 1305, 1246.3, 1254.6 Bajaj Hindus, 109.45, 109.75, 103.1, 104.25 Bank Of Baro, 850, 860.9, 838.35, 848.55 Bank Of Indi, 452, 452.3, 436.1, 439.45 Beml Limited, 989.95, 990, 965, 967.25 Bharat Elect, 1735.65, 1752.95, 1690.1, 1705.1 Bharat Forge, 361.45, 366.4, 350.2, 354.55 Bharat Petro, 619.05, 621.65, 601.05, 605.35 Bharti Airte, 340, 343.95, 335.05, 339.1

He also the government had also decided to set up a Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission to rewrite and clean up the financial sector laws. Talking about the economy, Mukherjee said that surge in capital inflows, inflation and hardening of global commodity prices were matters of concern. He said that although India witnessed a robust growth, several countries witnessed the sovereign debt crisis. "We are hopeful that 2011 may see a recovery in the world economy," he said. He said that although the first two quarters saw a good growth in GDP, inflation remained a major source of concern. Mukherjee, however, said that exports had picked up and

the trade imbalance was reducing.

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iGate buys about 63% stake in Patni Computer From left to right are Manuel Afonso, Dy Dir (N), Ashok Bhonsale, Dy Dir (S), Venancio Furtado, MD KTC, Arun Desai, Dir of Transport, Mahesh Patil, AVP HSEC, Sesa Goa Ltd, Mahesh Mahajan, manager- safety, Sesa Goa Ltd.

where the financial sector was assessed by institutions like IMF and World Bank. Mukherjee said that India did a self-assessment of its financial sector in 2009. The finance minister said that it was found that India was compliant with most of the internationally accepted standards in banking, securities markets and insurance sector. Mukherjee said that the global crisis had offered an opportunity to review the approach to financial sector reforms. "The government is committed to take the reforms process forward", he said.

cent from its previous close. Gartner Sr. Research Analyst Arup Roy said, "The combined Patni-iGate entity will be almost a billion dollar entity which is certainly a good size to have. In the IT service industry size and scale matters a lot to win large deals." The deal is expected to be completed in the first half of 2011, after obtaining all the regulatory approvals. "The deal gives us a much larger platform to play on, to bid for much larger deals in the market and gives the combined company many more verticals to play on. The objective is to synergise the leadership team of both iGATE and Patni to create, over time, an integrated leadership team which will drive the combined company to newer horizons," Murthy said. Founded in 1978, Patni, a mid-sized IT services firm, provides solutions to verticals like

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insurance, telecom, utilities and retail. It has 16,556 employees, 282 customers and reported revenues of USD 689 million for the 12 months ended September 30, 2010. On the other hand, iGate has 8,278 employees, 82 customers with revenues of USD 252 million for the 12 months ended September 30, 2010. With the completion of the deal, the combined headcount of both the entities will stand at 24,834 globally as on Sep 30, 2010. Under the deal, iGate, in a consortium with private equity firm Apax Partners, will buy the entire 45.6% stake of Patni brothers -- Narendra Patni, Ashok Patni and Gajendra Patni -- along with General Atlantic's 17.4% stake in the firm. In accordance with the requirements of the SEBI, iGate will make an open offer for purchasing an additional 20.6% stake at Rs 503.50 per share.

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ICICI Bank, NIIT to offer banking MBA PTI MUMBAI, JAN 10

ICICI Bank today said it has inked an agreement with NIIT University to launch a Master of Business Administration (Finance and Banking) programme. The two-year programme combines conceptual rigour with experiential learning through a unique collaboration between the domain expertise of the university and the functional expertise of the banking industry, a press release issued here said. The students will also undergo an industry-linked internship at ICICI Bank during the course duration. On successful completion of the program, the students would directly assume middle-management responsibilities in ICICI Bank. The programme is expected to commence from April 2011, the release said. 148.7 Indusind Ban, 231.6, 237.8, 220.75, 223.55 Infosys Tech, 3375, 3443.15, 3352, 3395.75 Infra. dev., 169.3, 169.4, 162.95, 163.6 Ispat Indust, 23.15, 23.65, 22.85, 23.3 Itc Ltd, 172.2, 172.4, 168.55, 170.6 Ivrcl Infras, 122.3, 122.3, 115.35, 116.1 Jai Corp Lim, 209, 209, 201.7, 202.45 Jaiprakash A, 102, 102.9, 97, 97.3 Jet Airways, 754.95, 775.65, 729.25, 735.95 Jindal Saw L, 211, 214.75, 205, 207.25 Jindal Steel, 703.35, 705, 683.6, 689.55 Jsw Steel Li, 1033, 1050, 977.1, 985.8 Kotak Mahind, 434, 435.2, 402, 412.9 Lakshmi Mach, 2340, 2378, 2320, 2332.9 Lanco Infrat, 59.5, 59.5, 54.6, 56 Larsen & Tou, 1840, 1842.7, 1762.35, 1780.75 Lic Housing, 180.5, 186, 168.55, 170.15 Lupin Limite, 474, 479.5, 460.75, 463.4 Mahanagar Te, 55.1, 55.5, 52.6, 53 Mahindra & M, 741, 750, 722.05, 728.55 Maruti Suzuk, 1349, 1350, 1318.2, 1326

RELIANCE MUTUAL FUND files offer document with SEBI to launch Reliance Fixed Horizon Fund - XIX, a close ended income scheme. The New Fund Offer price is Rs 10 per unit. Asset allocation: Series 1-6: Will invest upto 100% in Money Market instruments, Government Securities issued by Central &/or State Govt & other fixed income/ debt securities including but not limited to Corporate bonds. Series 7 - 26: Will invest upto 70% in Money Market instruments and 30%-100% in Government Securities issued by Central &/or State Govt & other fixed income/ debt securities including but not limited to Corporate bonds. Plans/Options offered: The scheme will have following two options: (a) Growth Option and (b) Dividend payout Option Series & Duration: 6 (Series 1 to Series 6) 180 days - 12 months 7 days 6 (Series 7 to Series 12) 12 months 1 day to 16 months 6 (Series 13 to Series 18) 15 months 1 day to 19 months 4 (Series 19 to Series 22) 18 months 1 day to 25 months 4 (Series 23 to Series 26) 24 months 1 day to 37 months The maturity period will be calculated from the date of allotment of units. However if the maturity date falls on a non working day, the succeeding working day shall be considered for the purpose of maturity date in the respective series. Benchmark: Crisil Short Term Bond Fund Index Loads: Entry and exit load is nil Minimum application amount: Rs 5,000 and in multiples of Re. 1 thereafter. Minimum target amount: Rs 10 billion for each series Fund manager: Amit Tripathi RELIGARE MUTUAL FUND files offer document with SEBI to launch Religare Fixed Maturity Plan-Series VI-Plan A to F, a close ended debt scheme. The New Fund Offer price is Rs 10 per unit. Tenure of the Plan(s): Religare Fixed Maturity Plan - Series VI - Plan A to F offers plans of tenure from 3 months to 24 months from the date of allotment of the respective Plan(s) (including the date of allotment). Plans/Options offered: Religare Fixed Maturity Plan - Series VI offers six plans viz. Plan A, B, C, D, E and F. Each of these Plans offers growth and dividend payout option. Loads: Entry load and exit load are nil. Minimum application amount: Rs 5,000 per application and in multiples of Rs. 10 thereafter. Minimum target amount: Rs 10 million for each Fixed Maturity Plan. Benchmark: For Plans having maturity upto 3 months: CRISIL Liquid Fund Index. For Plans having maturity more than 3 months: CRISIL ShortTermBond Fund Index. Fund manager: Nitish Sikand. HDFC MUTUAL FUND has approved January 11, 2011 as the record date for declaration of dividend under dividend option of HDFC FMP 100D September 2010 (3). The face value of per unit is Rs 10. The quantum of dividend will be entire distributable surplus as on the record date. HDFC FMP 100D September 2010 (3), a fixed maturity plan under HDFC Fixed Maturity Plans - Series XIV, is a closed - ended income scheme, with the investment objective to generate income through investments in Debt / Money Market Instruments and Government Securities maturing on or before the maturity date of the respective Plan (s).

Max India Lt, 142.8, 145.75, 139, 141.8 Maytas Infr., 184, 185.5, 180.1, 182.5 Moser-baer (, 58.1, 58.5, 56.1, 56.75 Mrpl, 71.7, 71.75, 68, 68.35 Nagarjuna Co, 132.9, 134.8, 128, 128.9 Nagarjuna Fe, 31.25, 31.5, 29.5, 29.7 National Alu, 377.05, 382.3, 362, 367.85 Neyveli Lign, 129, 129.8, 123.1, 124.1 Ntpc Ltd, 197.85, 197.85, 190, 191.3 Oil And Natu, 1202, 1209.75, 1167.6, 1174.35 Omaxe Limite, 146.35, 149.85, 144, 145.7 Oriental Ban, 362, 369.5, 355, 358.55 Pantaloon Re, 369.95, 369.95, 344.45, 349.55 Parsvnath De, 56.5, 57.7, 55.55, 56 Petronet Lng, 124.4, 124.85, 118.8, 120.95 Power Fin Co, 291, 293.7, 284.4, 291.35 Power Grid C, 97.8, 98.6, 95.95, 96.15 Praj Industr, 83, 84, 75.7, 76.25 Punj Lloyd L, 104.85, 106.6, 99, 100.35 Punjab Natio, 1169.9, 1180, 1098.6, 1151.8 Rajesh Expor, 135, 137.7, 123.95, 132.2 Ranbaxy Labs, 594.9, 594.9, 564.1,

566.9 Rashtriya Ch, 91.45, 91.75, 85, 85.6 Reliance Cap, 640, 641.9, 606.6, 612.05 Reliance Com, 138.75, 140.55, 134.55, 135.25 Reliance Ene, 1100.01, 1283, 1100, 1149.74 Reliance Ind, 692, 701.8, 659, 669.25 Reliance Ind, 1065.4, 1070.45, 1021.2, 1033.45 Reliance Pow, 154.75, 155.5, 149.8, 150.3 Rolta India, 152.8, 153.55, 142.6, 143.05 Satyam Compu, 70, 72.1, 67.7, 70.05 Sesa Goa Ltd, 329, 331.5, 318.85, 321.25 Shipping Cor, 130.2, 131, 125.6, 126.3 Siemens Ltd, 788.5, 804, 765.35, 771.7 Sintex Indus, 179.35, 179.35, 164.6, 165.8 Sobha Develo, 313.85, 316.95, 295, 297 State Bank O, 2599.85, 2634, 2536, 2547.1 Steel Author, 178.7, 179.4, 175.1, 177.25 Sterlite Ind, 176.3, 181.9, 170.1, 171.35 Sun Pharmace, 494.4, 496, 473.65, 477 Sun Tv Netwo, 519, 525, 503, 507 Suzlon Energ, 51.45, 51.45, 49.05, 49.45 Tata Communi, 254, 256.15, 246.6, 248.6

Tata Consult, 1147.5, 1149, 1121, 1130.9 Tata Motors, 1191, 1206.9, 1157.4, 1176.7 Tata Power C, 1398, 1403.85, 1365, 1372.95 Tata Steel L, 660, 665.7, 645, 650.7 Tata Teleser, 19.05, 19.1, 18.65, 18.7 Tech Mahindr, 705, 707.7, 675.6, 692.85 The Ge Shpg., 320, 323.15, 312, 317.25 The Phoenix, 215, 225.9, 214, 221.75 Thermax Ltd, 830, 834.7, 792.25, 805 Titan Indust, 3410, 3411.6, 3281, 3291.95 Torrent Powe, 264, 270, 254.25, 255.2 Triveni Engg, 104.05, 108, 102.25, 103.25 Tv18 India L, 67.5, 68.1, 64.5, 66.25 Uco Bank, 110, 112.15, 107.25, 107.9 Ultratech Ce, 999.9, 1002, 968.1, 995.45 Union Bank O, 321.5, 325.7, 310.1, 313.15 Unitech Ltd, 62, 62.5, 58.8, 59.3 United Phosp, 161.4, 163.25, 152.8, 155.8 Videocon Ind, 211, 213.5, 208.15, 210.35 Vijaya Bank, 94.5, 95.9, 92.4, 92.75 Voltas Ltd, 215.5, 215.5, 203.5, 207.2 Wipro Ltd, 474.8, 475.9, 460.7, 464.6


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Coca-Cola, ISB to set up academy PTI MUMBAI, JAN 10

Activists from the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) shout slogans and wave banners as they stage a protest against in front of the office of The Chief Rationing Officer in Hyderabad on Monday, against rising food and essential commodity prices. Food inflation touched a high of 18.32 per cent for the week ending December 25.

To bring more professionalism in the sunrise retail sector, global beverage retailer and manufacturer Coca-Cola has inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian School of Business (ISB) to establish a retail academy at ISB's Hyderabad campus. The academy will impart specialised programme to train mid-level professionals in retail management. The first session of the 25day programme, spread over six months, will commence in June 2011 with an initial strength of 50 professionals and will be subsequently scaled up in the next 3-4 years.

Copra shortage puts oil on boil HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

Shortage of copra and relatively high prices for competing oils have taken coconut oil prices to record highs. Currently, the oil is trading at around Rs 92-93 per kg in the wholesale markets, up almost 85% from last year and double the historical average price of the oil in the Indian market. Trade sources said that the market is firm and likely to rally further. Normally, coconut oil prices eases after the peak consumption period, which is during onam in Kerala. Coconut oil is consumed mostly in Goa, Kerala and southern Karnataka. Interestingly, this time around coconut oil prices began their strong upward rally after the festival period. Availability of coconut and copra has fallen drastically in the southern states leading to a scramble for the nut and its oil. Arrivals at the terminal markets are so low that the price of coconut and its oil has risen to record levels. Traders said that production is down by 50% in

Edelweiss to lend Rs 5k cr for housing PTI MUMBAI, JAN 10

Financial services group Edelweiss Capital today said its subsidiary is targeting to lend about Rs 5,000 crore for retail housing over the next five years by expanding into newer cities. "We are targeting to lend Rs 4,000-5,000 crore for retail housing over the next 4-5 years," Edelweiss chairman and CEO Rashesh Shah told reporters on the sideline of a function here. The subsidiary, Edelweiss Housing Finance, began operations in September last year. Earlier detailing expansion plans, Edelweiss' executive vice president Anil Kothuri had said in a statement that its home loans subsidiary, which has presence in Mumbai, would expand to Delhi by March and enter eight more cities in the next fiscal (FY 12). Delhi and Mumbai account for 60 per cent of the housing finance market and 2012-13 will see the company extending its footprint into 20 cities which collectively account for 90 per cent of home finance, he said. The company plans to have differentiated product offerings and also tap synergies accruing out of parent Edelweiss' presence in the financial sector.

Kerala while in other southern states like Tamil Nadu, output of both coconut and copra are also down. According to the coconut de-

velopment board (CDB), production would be lower by 20% due to unfavorable weather. While heavy rains negatively affected palm flowering as also fruit-setting in Kerala, it was poor rainfall in some coconutgrowing districts of Tamil Nadu that has resulted in lower crop there. K Satheesh Babu of Agriculture Market Intelligence Centre

of the Kerala Agricultural University said that weather has impacted the nut production. AMIC studies show that rains in November and December af-

fected flower setting and productivity. Coconut oil prices in the domestic market have been moving in tandem with oil prices in the global market where prices of lauric oil, which comprises of coconut and palm kernel oil have surpassed the rise seen in other edible oils. Production of copra and crushing of coconut oil has been lower in Philip-

pines in 2009-10 because of climate change. This coupled with higher price for palm oil and palm kernel oil in Malaysia and Indonesia has aided the rally in coconut oil. Analysts expect coconut oil production in 201011 oil years (November-October) to remain lower but will be compensated by the increase in palm kernel oil. It is reported that export of coconut to West Asia and neighboring Bangladesh has also doubled in the recent past. Higher price of the substitute palm oil and palm kernel oil have helped in the firming market of coconut oil. Palm kernel oil is a very close substitute for coconut oil. It is also used in adulterating coconut oil when the price difference is huge. "The government effort of procuring copra and coconut has also worked in favour of the coconut market. Even the price of white oil or paraffin oil, which is non-edible, has contributed to the rally, as it is used in adulterating coconut oil," a trader said.

Bank of Maharashtra hikes interest rates on deposits HERALD REPORTER PANJIM, JAN 10

Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) on Monday evening declared interest rate revision upwards in the range of 25 to 70 basis points on relevant maturity bands of 1-3 years. Making the announcement, Prakash Shinde, assistant general manager, regional office, Goa and Sindhudurg area said, “These are the best rates currently available in the market and customers stand to benefit

form it. Senior citizens our now eligible for an additional 0.75% up from the 0.5% being offered on deposits in maturity slabs of 1 year and above earlier.” For maturity slab of 91 days to less than 1 year senior citizens will get an additional rate of 0.50%. “Deposits of Rs 1 crore to Rs 5 crore will earn 9% p.a. for One Year (365 days) tenure (an increase of 70 bps). Deposits up to Rupees One crore for '1

year to less than 3 years' band will get interest rate of 8.55% p.a. now (an increase of 25 bps). Deposits under Mahalaxmi Term Deposit Scheme (for 3 years period) will get 8.60% p.a. (an increase of 30 bps),” he added. When asked whether the bank was pre-empting further RBI tightening, Shinde said the rate hike was purely for the bank to achieve internal balance between deposits and loans.

For me, it's literally miles to go before I sleep: Nath Transport Minister Kamal Nath visualises 2011 as a year full of "promises" for adding thousands of Kms of Highways, and is inspired by four-time Pulitzer Prize winning American poet Robert Frost's classic lines .."And miles to go before I sleep". "I am hopeful that 2011 will be a year full of promises and it will surely add more and more quality and safer kilometers to our NH (National Highways) network. For me it's literally miles to go before I sleep," Nath said. Confident that his Ministry would achieve its target of building 20 kms of roads a day, Nath said a sound foundation for this has already been laid and at present 12.5 km a day was being constructed by the Ministry as compared to barely 6 km a year ago. "The foundation that we have laid in the last year will definitely help us in achieving the long term targets we have

Crisil to grade Mgmt programs PTI MUMBAI, JAN 10

To help students to choose better educational institution, Crisil today launched grading of management programmes of business schools. "Crisil believes that greater transparency and availability of benchmarks in the education sector are key pillars in the agenda of human capital development in India," the ratings firm's CEO Roopa Kudva said here. The firm has spent a year in developing and testing the criteria and methodology for business school evaluation for 24 institutes and 24 management programmes across the country, she said. "Our process uses quantitative as well as qualitative assessment parameters. We are delighted that so far, 30 business schools across India have come forward to get their programmes evaluated," she added. This grading will help students to make better informed choices about business schools, help institutes raise their standards and give an insight to international schools as to which institute they want to partner with in future, she said.

Nasscom picks Goa as growth centre HERALD BUSINESS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

Information technology (IT) companies in smaller cities are forming regional associations to attract investments and get their demands fulfilled at the local level, as industry body Nasscom is unable to spread its wings in many such cities. Smaller companies in places such as Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Madurai, Kozhikode, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram have created regional fora to sell their locations and also lobby State govts. A study by Nasscom and A T Kearney, ‘Location roadmap for IT- BPO growth’ have identified 50 major locations, including

Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Coimbatore, Hubli-Dharwad, Bhopal and Goa, among others, as growth drivers for the industry. Rooted in small cities, these associations believe the presence of major companies in these regions will boost growth of small and medium enterprises. When it comes to larger and national issues like the STPI scheme extension, they prefer to work with Nasscom. Said Binu Sankar, CEO of Group of Technology Companies, an industry association in Kerala based out of Technopark in Thiruvanathapuram: “Since Nasscom is not very active here, we work at the local level in promoting the state as an

ideal destination and secure funding for 200-odd member companies. For all national issues, we work very closely with Nasscom and support its initiatives.” Adds R Sivarajah, president, Software Industries Development Association of South Tamil Nadu (Sida), “Our aim is to develop an IT ecosystem in the region. We hope that when the big companies start operations, smaller companies will get businesses from the giants and will help in creating an ecosystem.” Sida was formed in October 2010, with about 50 small and medium-sized IT companies as members. The association is

also trying to make Madurai a regional IT hub, by supporting the smaller companies in the region. It has asked the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd to provide projects related to south Tamil Nadu to firms located in the region. Small and mid-sized IT firms located in Bhubaneswar, a growing city for IT and business process outsourcing, have formed an industry body called Confederation of Information Technology Enterprises. According to B K Sahoo, its president, “We are mainly focusing on creating an investment ecosystem in the state and our major focus is small and medium businesses.”

Audiobooks gaining popularity in India PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 10

For their ability to reach out to people who cannot read and for those who want to multitask in modern day busy lifestyle, audiobooks in India are slowly getting popular, though the industry is still in its infancy. Audiobooks have been popular among children but now famous books and novels are being converted into this format for adults too. "Audiobooks are more effective than other type of books. The listener feels connected and the learning and understanding is more in an audiobook than a normal book," says Abhilash R, Business Development Head,, an online portal for audiobooks. "You can not read a book while jogging but you can lis-

ten to a book. Audiobook is like a companion. It's also called university on wheels," adds Abhilash. Apart from targeting the people who can not read, audiobooks can also be handy for older people whose eyesight keeps getting worse with age. Also, they are environment friendly as they do not use ink and paper. "The element of narration, music and drama make an audiobook interesting than reading a normal book. Its a new experience which will revolutionise the market in future," says Kunal Pancholi, cofounder of, a company dealing in audiobooks. Though there is much talk about ebooks but audiobooks are more effective, specially for learning and suitable to today's hectic lifestyle, says Pancholi.

About a month ago, test launched the current bestseller, "The Immortals of Meluha" by Amish and "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu as

audiobooks at various stores in India. "We have been quite surprised and overwhelmed with the positive response that we have received and are about to

launch other audiobooks that include "Peter Pan," "The Hound of Baskerville" and "Chanakya Neeti"," says Pancholi. Presently the sale of audiobooks is done mainly online mainly and less by retail. Abilash says audiobooks are around one per cent of the total books market in India but their sales is expected to go up in the future. "Audiobooks have a very niche market now. With proliferation of technology, their sales will increase in future. Also, people need to be educated about their uses," says Pancholi. The price of an audiobook takes into consideration the factors like music, artist who has narrated the book and the company profile. Normally, the cost starts from Rs 300. The voiceover of the narrator is very important to keep

opment in the next Five Year Plan ending 2017 from overseas. He had said that various pension and other overseas funds were looking at India for longterm opportunities as the country was moving on a growth trajectory. Also, he had said that the country planned to launch a USD 50 billion infrastructure funds to bridge the deficit in the sector.


the listener interested in the book. A drab and dull narration can kill the interest. However, publishers have a different view on audiobooks. "The major problem why publishers are not going into audiobook market with full force is sales tax. There is sales tax on audibooks. Also, different states have entry tax that further increases our burden," says Rohit Gupta, owner of Pustak Mahal. He says it becomes a burden to arrange for voiceover artists, narration and music. Thats why, publishers are tying up with companies that deal in audiobooks and have good narrators with them. "Books are not taxable but audiobooks are. The government should keep books and audiobooks in same category. After all, knowledge should not be taxed," says Abhilash.

set for ourselves. "The record number of projects awarded so far and the projects in the pipeline to be awarded by the end of the financial year will bring us closer to our targets," he said. During the current fiscal so far awards for 5,800 km have already been made, as compared to last fiscal's 3,300 km and 640 km in 2008-09. Transport Ministry has set an ambitious target of building 35,000 km of highways network by March 2014 that translates into 20 km a day. "No doubt there were certain irritants such as delay in clearances etc," Nath said adding that adequate measures were being taken to expedite projects and bridge the huge infrastructure deficit which the country faces. Though the country has the second largest road network in the world, only 2 per cent of the 3.3 million road network is under National Highways, which the Ministry is going to enhance, he added. Last week Nath had said that India aimed at attracting a whopping 30 per cent of the targeted USD 1 trillion (Rs 45.37 lakh crore) investment towards infrastructure devel-

Hangyo’s sugar-free ice cream HERALD BUSINESSDESK PANJIM, JAN 10

Hangyo Ice Creams has introduced sugar-free frozen food into the market. MD of the firm Pradeep G Pai informed that the products, now available in fig and strawberry flavours would be a boon to the healthconscious and diabetics. Fig (anjeer) 500 ml tub cost Rs 95 and strawberry 500 ml tub Rs 85. Hangyo has extended its market penetration to Bangalore, Mysore, coastal Karnataka, Goa and northern Kerala already.

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Iranian Rouhollah Semienia completed his loan move to Dempo Sports Club from Churchill Brothers. Both Churchill Brothers management and Dempo’s Babu Arolkar confirmed the latest development. For Dempo, this will be a big boost to their already star-studded squad as they begin their quest for success at the Asian level. Semienia who shot to fame

in Indian football as a defender for Salgaocar Sports Club, has proved that he is equally capable of playing in midfield. The early signs have been good as he has already turned out for a friendly for Dempo against Sporting Clube de Goa, recently. He will be competing for a first team place with the likes of Beto, Kalu, Godwin Franco, Mickey Fernandes and the soonto-return Climax Lawrence.


Curtorim Gym hold Maina gfa 2nd div


Curtorim Gymkhana came from behind to hold Maina Sports Club 1-1 in GFA’s Second Division League at Curtorim ground on Monday. Curtorim were trailing 0-1 at half time. Maina started off on a positive note and forged ahead when hardworking striker Roy Das punished the rival keeper Prashant Damaskar off a through

Dunes crush ABC

pass from Agnelo D’Costa in the 17th minute. Stung by the early setback, Curtorim piled on the pressure and tested the rival keeper with some well measured sorties but yielded no results. Maina had scoring chances in the opening session but strikers Roy Das and Sidney Colaco were guilty of muffing scoring chances. Crossing over, Curtorim who were desperate for an equaliser, went all out and came close in

neutralising the lead but striker Melwyn Fernandes shot wide from handshaking distance. Curtorim’s efforts were rewarded in the 75th minute when Agnelo Colaco sent a floater inside the rival penalty box and striker Tony Dias beautifully nodded in much to the cheers of the Curtorim supporters. The equaliser boosted the morale of Curtorim and mounted pressure thereafter but Maina defenders also rose to the occasion and kept all the

Mandopa enter semis

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Four goals from Kadar Kundolkar helped Dunes Sports Club qualify for the play-offs as they crushed ABC Sports Club, Arambol 12-2, in GFA’s U-16 League at Morjim ground on Monday. Dunes led 9-0 at the lemon break. Pandurang Goltekar, Edison D’Sousa, Averisto Fernandes, Gabriel Fernandes, Vivek Naik and Kevin Fernandes scored one each, while Shubam Vernekar scored a brace for Dunes. Royston Correa netted a brace for ABC, but his efforts were in vain.

Mandopa Sports Club, Mandopa, Navelim, deafeated Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club by a solitary goal to enter into the semi-finals of Fr Agnelo Youth inter-village football tournament organised by Fr Agnelo Youth Sports Club, Cotombi, Paroda, at village Panchayat ground, Avedem, Paroda on Monday. There

was no score at half time. The teams displayed excellent brand of soccer by attacking each other’s citadel right from the start. Changing ends, the all-important goal was netted by Nevil D’Costa when his rasping drive bugled the net in the dying minutes. In another match, Rossman Sports Club, Nagoa, Verna scored a 1-0 win over Dicarpalim Sports Club to sail into the semifinals.

Don Bosco Oratory, Verna clash in finals arlem trophy HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JAN 10

Verna Sports Club edged out Parish Youth, Nuvem 6-5 via the tie-breaker to storm into the finals of Arlem Trophy inter-village football tournament organised by Arlem Youth Association at Raia Panchayat ground on Sunday. There was no score at half time. Both the teams attacked from the start but their defenders stood tall in keeping their citadel

intact till the lemon break. The second half saw Verna a transformed side and their forwards showed better application and went all out in search of the match-winner. They created many positive moves and their efforts bore fruits when striker Santan Rego beat the rival keeper with a grounder. Parish Youth tried their best and found success at the fag end when Ivan Colaco bulged the net from close range. In the penalty shoot out, Lester Fernandes, Ajay Satarkar, Mathasio Abranches, Anthony Rego and John Costa were on target for Verna while Tony Colaco, Neves Noronha, Remy Colaco and Leslie Colaco converted for Parish Youth. Verna Sports Club will meet Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda in the final. Verna got the better of Navelim Villagers Union 2-1 in the first semi-finals.

Curtorim attackers at bay. With this draw, Curtorim collected seven points from three matches while Maina collected their first points from two matches. Curtorim coach, Alex Dias was pleased with the way his team played. “We had been playing consistently and I’m happy with the overall performance. We have to keep up this momentum against Santa Cruz Society of Potimaddo,” Dias concluded.


Maina Sports Club entered the finals of Loutulim Panchayat Cup organised by Socio Cultural Club of Loutulim defeating Navelim Villagers 4-3 via the tie-breaker in the second semi-finals at Montir ground, Loutulim on Sunday.

Vaz Caterers, Friends Circle in final HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10

Vaz Caterers will lock horns with Friends Circle in the finals of 2nd All-Goa inter-village invitational football tournament organised by Mharudev Sports and Cultural Club, Tisk Khandepar at the Khandepar ground on Sunday. In the semi-finals, Vaz Caterers defeated Brazil XI 4-3.


Sao Minguel de Taleigao got the better of Goa Velha Sports Club 5-3 via the tie-breaker in All-Goa inter-village Romeo memorial soccer at St Cruz school ground on Monday. Sao Minguel netted through Anthony Pereira, Caetano Pinho, Cedric Peixoto, Gavin Araujo and Ramino Estrocio while Melroy D’Sousa, Joseph Pereira and Stanley Lopes shot on target for Goa Velha.

Davorlim in quarters chandor seamen cup HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JAN 10

Davorlim Sports Club came from behind to defeat ICSC, Paroda 2-1 to enter the quarter-finals of 37th Chandor Seamen Cup football tournament organised by Chandor Club at Chandor ground, on Sunday. Davorlim were trailing 0-1 at half time. Davorlim started the game on the offensive note as their for wards and midfielders worked in tandem to put the rival citadel under pressure. Their persistent forays paid the dividends when striker Brijesh

Dessai bulged the net with a snap shot. Stung by the setback, Davorlim tried their best to neutralise the lead, but the rival defence protected the slender lead till the breather. Crossing over, Davorlim improved and repeatedly raided the rival citadel and their hard work was rewarded when Piedade Colaco punished the rival keeper with a stiff grounder. Spurred by success, Davorlim piled on the pressure and tormented the rival defence with well orchestrated raids. Joe Gomes struck the match-winner when he slotted past the rival keeper with a scorcher just before the final call.

GOA DIARY Seven-a-side at Colvale

PANJIM (HSD) -- Youth Sports Club, Colvale will organise their All-Goa 1-day 7-a-side panchayat soccer at church ground, Colvale on January 16 at 10 a.m. The winners and runners-up will take home Rs 6,000 and Rs 4,000 respectively. There will also be a 1-a-side soccer tie-breaker at the same venue. Last date to submit entries is January 14. Details may be obtained from Dominic Pereira on 9422395222 o r A n t h o n y Fe r r a o o n 9923496063.

GFA First Division: Raia SC v. Santa Cruz Club of Cavellossim, Raia ground; Margao SC v. St Rock's SC, Nehru stadium, Fatorda. Kick off 4 p.m. Assolna Seamen football cup: Sporting Club of Davorlim v. Ambelim SC, GPS ground, Assolna, 4 p.m. 5th Reira Cup soccer: Nagoa SC v. Adarsh Yuvak Sangh, Saligao Sporting ground, 4.45 p.m. Fr Agnelo Youth inter-village soccer quarter-finals: Don Bosco Oratory, Fatorda v. Davorlim SC, Panchayat ground, Avedem, Paroda, 4.30 p.m.

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Ronaldo hat-trick inspires Real Madrid LA LIGA Racing Santander 1 Espanyol ..............4 Mallorca ................4 Osasuna ..............0 Real Madrid ..........4 Levante ................0 AGENCIES MADRID, JAN 10

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helped Real Madrid fight back to beat classy Villarreal 4-2 on Sunday to cut Barcelona’s La Liga lead to two points. The Portugal for ward equalised twice in the first half and then fired the hosts in front in the 79th minute with his 22nd league goal of the season before setting up substitute Kaka for the fourth. Coach Jose Mourinho’s Real have 47 points from 18 games, with Barcelona on 49 after the champions swept aside Deportivo Coruna 4-0 on Saturday. “Cristiano leaves me speechless. There he is game after game, week after week. I don’t know how to describe his performances,” Mourinho told reporters as Real moved 11 points ahead of third-placed Villarreal. Valencia are fourth on 34 points after Juan Mata, who had earlier missed a penalty, grabbed a late winner in a 1-0 victory at city rivals Levante. Cani deservedly fired Villarreal in front after seven minutes at the Bernabeu but Ronaldo levelled two minutes later, tapping in Mesut Ozil’s low cross. Marco Ruben broke the offside trap to lob home keeper Iker Casillas in the 18th minute

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Monday.

Maradona keen to take up EPL coaching offer AGENCIES BUENOS AIRES, JAN 10

Diego Maradona said on Sunday he will fly to London next month to study an offer from an English Premier League club, Argentine media reported. Argentina's two big dailies La Nacion and Clarin quoted Maradona as saying: "In February I'm going to England to listen to a firm offer. "If they convince me, I may take it up," said the former Argentina coach during a visit to the Atlantic resort of Punta del Este in neighbouring Uruguay. Maradona, 50, gave no indication of which club it might be. Clarin said sources close to

Maradona were saying it was Fulham. "I'm not desperate (but) I know that some day I'll be the coach again of some team," Maradona told a hastily convened news conference. Maradona has been out of work since his controversial exit as Argentina coach following his World Cup team's 4-0 rout by Germany in July in the quarter-finals of the South Africa tournament. Media have speculated since then on the 1986 World Cupwinning captain's future in coaching, with unconfirmed reports of offers including one from Aston Villa.

Del Potro win; Baghdatis quits

Vasco, Cacora win; Bicholim enter final inter-iti competitions

ITI, Vasco won the first cricket match defeating Canacona at the XIth all-Goa Inter-ITI Sports Competitions 2011 organised by State Directorate of Craftsmen Training at Fatorda-Margao today. Canacona scored 90/4 in 10 overs. In return, ITI Vasco completed the task in the last ball of the final over. In the second match, Cacora beat Margao. Putting into bat Margao scored 54/8 in 10 overs. Cacora completed the task in just 7.4 overs with losing only 3 wickets (55/3). Govresh and Sagar were the pick of the bowlers for Cacora taking 3/6 and 3/12 wickets each. In volleyball, Vasco beat Fr Agnel in a straight set (2-0), 258, 25-14. In the second match Farmagudi got the better of Margao in a straight set (2-0), 2515, 25-13. Earlier, Churcill Alemao, Minister for PWD and Science inaugurate the competition in the presence of Andrew Gomes, sports person, Sudesh Rane, NIS coach and Aleixo Da Costa, State Director for Craftsmen Training and other staff of various South ITI’s. Speaking on the occasion, Alemao favoured holding of sports competitions to improve the level of performance of sportspersons so that they shine at State, National and International level. Churchill highlighted the importance of sports and said that the parents should encourage their wards to take part in sports activities. Students too,


Sanjay Naik of Neura, Tiswadi who was awarded Shodan by Sensei Anand Ratna, JKA 6th Dan. Sanjay has been training students in Verna for the last 28 years and also conducts Dojo karate classes.

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Sirlim Sports Club beat Zoribhatt 5-3 via the tie-breaker in Martin memorial football trophy at Chinchinim ground on Monday. Sirlim were leading 2-2 at the lemon break. Churchill Alemao inaugurating the South Zone ITI championship.

Francisco D’Sousa speaking at the ingugural function of North Zone ITI championship. Also seen are V M Prabhudessai, Gurudatta Bhakta and other dignitaries.

should give importance to sports on par with education so that they can develop their mind, achieve excellence and bring laurels to the State. He complimented the organisers for organizing the competition for ITI Trainees. Andrew Gomes, NIS Coach, Directorate of Sports said that the sportspersons should keep themselves away from consumption of drugs to improve their performance, but instead try to develop their skills through various sports facilities. Siddesh Kankonkar, Trainee Administered the oath to the participants of sports competitions. Aleixo F Da Costa, Director, Craftsmen Training spoke on the occasion. Edwin Fernandes, Principal ITI-Cacora, Coordinator South Zone Sports Committee welcomed and Shri Sidonio Coutinho, Principal, ITC Don Bosco proposed the vote of thanks.


At Peddem sports complex, Mapusa, Honda beat ITC Sesa 25-21, 25-23 in volleyball. Bicholim beat Pernem 25-15, 2515. Mapusa beat ITC, Montfort 25-14, 25-21. In the first semi-finals, ITI Bicholim beat ITI Honda 25-12, 25-20. In the second semi-finals, ITI Panjim beat ITI Mapusa 2522, 25-9. In the North Zone finals, ITI Bicholim beat ITI Panjim 25-10, 25-13 and reached the All-Goa ITI finals. Earlier, a traditional lamp was lit and balloons and fireworks marked the games open. Francisco D’Sousa was the chief guest while V M Prabhudessai, executive director, SAG was the guest of honour. Gurudatta Bhakta, treasurer, SAG presided. S S Gaonkar, president welcomed. Leena Porob compered. D D Joshi proposed the vote of thanks.

Jose Mourinho has been selected FIFA’s 2010 men’s soccer coach of the year after leading Inter Milan to the European Champions League title. Mourinho, the selfdubbed “Special One,” beat Vicente del Bosque of World Cup champion Spain and Pep Guardiola of Spanish champion Barcelona in the inaugural prize, announced during the FIFA player of the year ceremony. The Portuguese coach also led Inter to the Italian league and cup double before leaving to join Real Madrid. The award was voted on by national teams coaches and captains plus selected reporters.

AC Milan's goalkeeper Marco Amelia (right) fights for the ball with Udinese's Czech forward Matej Vydra in San Siro stadium in Milan on Monday.

Milan draw 4-4 with Udinese, Inter triumph AGENCIES MILAN, JAN 10


Roma ......................1 AC Milan drew 4-4 with Udinese Sampdoria ............2 in an epic game on Sunday but Bari ......................0 Bologna ..................2 their Serie A lead was cut to four AC Milan ..............4 Udinese ..................4 points after Edinson Cavani’s hattrick in Napoli’s 3-0 win over Ju- Lazio ....................1 Lecce ......................2 ventus added a new twist at the Catania ................1 Inter Milan ..............2 midway point of the season. Parma ..................1 Cagliari ..................2 Third-placed Lazio lost 2-1 to Lecce and champions Inter Milan, Cesena ................0 Genoa ....................0 now 11 points adrift of Milan, won Chievo ..................0 Palermo ..................0 2-1 at Catania thanks to Esteban Brescia ..................2 Cambiasso’s double to boost their Fiorentina ............3 outside hopes of a sixth successive Napoli ..................3 Juventus ................0 scudetto given they have two keeper Fernando Muslera on the back to fly into games in hand. Visitors Udinese took the lead on 35 minutes the net but an offside Stefano Mauri equalised. Carlos Grossmuller gave Lecce the win in the when Gokhan Inler hit the post and Antonio Di Natale, Serie A’s joint top scorer with Cavani, net- 74th minute. Inter, in seventh, laboured at Catania in ted the rebound. Milan hit back just before the break when Leonardo’s second game in charge but two secZlatan Ibrahimovic crossed for the returning ond-half goals by Cambiasso, the second a great header, cancelled out Alejandro Gomez’s opener. Alexandre Pato to tap in. Sampdoria were gifted a 2-1 win over AS Roma Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez, linked in the media with Inter, headed in at the near post after when errors from defender Juan contributed to halftime and Di Natale scored again before an both goals but sixth-placed Palermo could not own goal by Mehdi Benatia and Pato’s second take advantage with a 0-0 draw at Chievo. Fourth-placed Roma, who took the lead in the from Antonio Cassano’s assist put the hosts level. German Denis thought he had won it for Udi- first period thanks to a powerful run and shot nese a minute from time but Ibrahimovic struck from Mirko Vucinic, looked comfortable until an injury-time equaliser after another sublime substitute Juan underhit a backpass and compatriot Julio Sergio could only bring down Angelo pass from new signing Cassano. Napoli, beaten at Inter on Thursday, surged to Palombo. The goalkeeper was dismissed without protest second after Uruguay striker Cavani nodded in crosses from both flanks in the first half and and Nicola Pozzi blasted in the resulting penalty before Juan failed to clear a ball in the box and netted a diving header after the break. Juventus thought they had equalised at 1-0 in former Roma winger Stefano Guberti nipped in Naples when debutant Luca Toni, who signed to score an 84th-minute winner. The pressure on Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihafrom Genoa on Friday after Fabio Quagliarella’s injury, forced the ball home but he was harshly jlovic eased after they fought back for a 3-2 home penalised for a foul on goalkeeper Morgan De win over lowly Brescia. A string of Serie A sides are showing wild Sanctis. A second straight loss means fifth-placed Juve, swings of inconsistency and Parma followed up who again omitted Alessandro Del Piero at kickoff, Thursday’s 4-1 win at Juve with a 2-1 home defeat by Cagliari while Genoa looked toothless without lie nine behind Milan. Toni in a 0-0 draw at Cesena. ROMA BEATEN Bottom side Bari lost 2-0 at home to improving Hosts Lazio went behind in unfortunate fashion when Jeda’s shot struck the post and hit goal- Bologna.

Sirlim down Zoribhatt HERALD SPORTS DESK PANJIM, JAN 10


as Villarreal dominated but again Ronaldo hit back, heading in from close range following a free kick just before the break. Real started to step it up and it was Ronaldo who reacted quickest to a goalmouth scramble to score the third. He then raced down the left in the 82nd minute and crossed for Kaka to net his first goal this season since returning from injury. Espanyol crushed visiting Real Zaragoza 4-0 to keep up their push for a Champions League qualification place. Pablo Osvaldo, Luis Garia (penalty) and Alvaro Vazquez put the Barcelona-based side 30 up at halftime at Cornella-El Prat and Sergio Garcia completed the rout in the 87th minute to leave Espanyol fifth with 31 points. Real Mallorca won 4-1 at home to Almeria, Osasuna drew 0-0 with Getafe and Sporting Gijon grabbed a last-gasp equaliser through Diego Castro to draw 1-1 at Racing Santander. That result dragged Sporting off the foot of the table and up to 18th on goal difference ahead of Almeria and bottom club Zaragoza, easing the pressure on under-fire coach Manuel Preciado.

Mourinho wins world’s best coach award


Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro won his first match in a year today, coming through a 200-minute test of his fitness with a 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 victory over Feliciano Lopez at the Sydney International. Earlier, defending champion and second seed Marcos Baghdatis pulled out of the tournament with a groin strain. In the women's draw, local grand slam hopeful Sam Stosur delighted the centre court crowd by downing Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 7-5, 64. Two other women's seeds had more disappointing days, fifth seed Francesca Schiavone losing 6-7 6-1 6-2 to Russian Alisa Kleybanova and sixth seed Jelena Jankovic also beaten in three sets, 7-5 2-6 6-3 by France's Aravene Rezai.

Sporting Gijon ......1 Real Zaragoza ......0 Almeria ..................1 Getafe ....................0 Villarreal ................2 Valencia ................1

PVS Kushe HSS enter semis

Sirlim shot into the lead through Denson in the 15th minute. Five minutes later, Benson netted Sirlim’s second. Changing ends, Zoribhatt secured their first goal in the 70th minute when Bimborly shot on target while Ivor put Zoribhatt on level terms just before the final call.

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Solomon chief of Santa Cruz Club HERALD CORRESPONDENT MARGAO, JAN 10

Solomon Mendes was elected un-opposed president of Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim for the second time for 2010-11 at the 66th All-body meeting held at the club premises on Sunday. The other members are as follows: Hipolito Fernandes (chairman), Malcolm Rodrigues (vice-chairman), James Barretto (vice-president), V iriato Mendes (general secretary), Severino Fernandes (assistant general secretary), Denis Dias

(treasurer), Cliff Coutinho (assistant treasurer), Cristo Rodrigues (sports secretary), Raju Cardozo and Peter Cardozo (assistant sports secretaries), Gorre t o Fe r n a n d e s ( c u l t u r a l secretary), Shelton Rodrigues (social secretary), Francis Fernandes and Kietano Caldeira (auditors) and Edwin Pereira (legal advisor). Executive members: Raymond Rebello, Sukash Bandodkar, Samir Bandodkar, Ancil Diniz, Mabel Augiar, Anthony Vaz and Anthony Fernandes.

St Thomas Girls' High School, Aldona, winners of Aldona Block Panchayat and State level PYKKA volleyball tournament organised by SAG. Standing: Maria Lobo, Santoshi Nemlekar, Steffie Fernandes, Asmita Kandolkar, Jennizia Coelho, Ruvena Rebello, Daneca Da Cruz, Pranita Kandolkar, Bolivia Fernandes. Sitting: Olivia Pereira (PE teacher), Sr. Sharon (Headmistress), Dilip Haldankar, sarpanch, Sr Leonette (manager).

The Maharashtra Telecom Circle team, runners-up of 10th All-India BSNL football tournament held from December 22 to 27 in Jaipur. Four Goan players namely Arun Parab, Joao Fernandes, Krishna Gawas, Rafeal Dias and D J Rebello were part of Maharashtra Telecom Circle team.

PVS Kushe HSS, Assagao defeated Vividhya HSS, Navelim by 33 runs in the quarter-finals of boys U-19 Zone I cricket orgainsed by DSYA at Peddem complex here on Monday. Sourab hit 49 runs for Assagao, while Sham proved to be the best bowler as he took three wickets for Assagao, giving away only 14 runs in the process. Samarth top scored with 71 runs for Navelim. In another quarter-finals, Government HSS, Valpoi qualified for the semi-finals as they were handed a walk over as St Theresa HSS, Candolim failed to show up.

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Says match-fixing episodes affected my game PTI DURBAN, JAN 10

Sachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that the match-fixing episodes in 1999-2000 had initially affected his game and the Indian team had to go through a difficult and painful phase as ‘spectators looked at us with suspicion’. Tendulkar said he was not in the right frame of mind during India's disastrous tour of Australia where they were thrashed 0-3 in 1999-2000. "I can tell you that I was never approached by anyone, neither we had any discussions about the same in the team meeting," Tendulkar told former South African Board President Dr Ali Bacher in an interview for Super Sport Channel. "I remember that there was stage in 19992000 when it was very difficult as we were to play Australia. Before the series these things started making rounds. As a cricketer that's the last thing I want. "You want your beloved game to be as clean as possible. I wanted the spectators to enjoy the contest and not look at us with suspicion. To play well, players need to be in right frame of mind and I can tell you Sachin Tendulkar shows off his medal he was that I was not in that frame of mind," Tengiven by the South Africans for scoring his 50th dulkar said, recollecting the disastrous series. century at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in DurThe pain in his voice was evident as he ban on Sunday. gave the interview.

Ntini asks Tsotsobe to fill in his boots AGENCIES DURBAN, JAN 10

Makhaya Ntini, the first and the most popular black cricketer to represent South Africa, urged young pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe to step into his shoes. It was as much about emotion and show business as it was about cricket when Ntini brought the curtains down on his illustrious international career at the end of the one-off Twenty20 match between India and South Africa in Durban on Sunday. "Fill these shoes for us as black people everywhere in the country and in the world," Ntini said referring to Tsotsobe, the only coloured cricketer in the current South African squad.

"Every match you play and people pass on loose comments. This was really hurting me and the whole team," said the maestro. Tendulkar felt that their historic 2-1 series win over Australia at home was the turning point. "I was sure that we needed to put up a very special performance against Aussies so that cricket lovers forget what has happened in the past and start enjoying the game again and move on. With grace of God we managed to do that. "We lost the first match at Mumbai. But in the next match at Kolkata we fought back from very bad position and won that match to level the series. Last match was even harder. At Chennai while chasing small total we lost 8 wickets but won that Test match and series too. "I was happy for the fact we forced cricket lovers to forget about that bad chapter and start following cricket again." Recollecting the horror days of match fixing, Bacher revealed that the South African Board was indeed approached by bookmakers. "We were directly approached by bookmakers to take their offer to the players through team meeting. Those were days when in couple of ICC meetings, I had raised this issue. The issue was not properly discussed and I was told to get evidence and proof," said Bacher.

Lee may quit if not selected for WC AGENCIES MELBOURNE, JAN 10

Australian pace veteran Brett Lee on Monday hinted that an end to his cricketing future could be anytime near if he was overlooked by the selectors for the upcoming cricket World Cup in the sub-continent. Lee while expressing his desire to lead the Australian bowling attack during the mega event said, "I hope that I am in it, and want to lead the attack for Australia." Lee, who has already announced retirement from the Test cricket, was last month named in the provisional 30-

man squad which is supposed to be altered to a 15 member unit during this month. The fast bowler however remains positive of making a comeback in the ODI side after being overlooked by the selectors for the series against Sri Lanka earlier. "Hopefully I can bring some experience and different blood back in the team. I'm ready to play, and if I'm chosen, it will be great; if (not) I'll work out plan B," Lee told Sydney Morning

Herald. The 34-year-old, who was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL-IV, insisted that he has recovered from the injury that kept him out of Twenty-20 World Cup in West Indies earlier last year and said that he was feeling better than ever. "I've been bowling 12 overs each match in the 45-over competition, which is more overs than I could bowl in a 50-over match," he said while elaborating on his stint with the New South Wales.

Spirited India lose to Australia

Australia's striker Tim Cahill (left) scores his team's fourth goal against India at Al-Sadd Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on Monday. PTI DOHA, JAN 10

Minnows India gave a spirited fight but found the Australian too hot to handle as they lost 0-4 to their formidable opponents in their opening match of the Asian Cup football tournament here today. Australia, who have nine players from the 2010 World Cup squad in today's starting lineup, controlled most part of the match with their speed and aerial superiority and the Indian goal was under constant threat throughout in the Group C open-

Coach sacked after Syria stun Saudi AGENCIES DOHA, JAN 10

Saudi Arabian football chiefs sacked coach Jose Peseiro on Sunday immediately after his demoralized side slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of unfancied Asian Cup outsiders Syria. Syria announced that Nasser Al Johar will take over from the 50-year-old Portuguese for the remainder of the showpiece event in Doha. Peseiro -- the first coaching casualty of the Asian Cup -- had already faced heavy criticism after failing to steer his side to the World Cup last year and has had tetchy relations with the Saudi press ever since.

capacity crowd at the 13,500capacity Stadium, mostly made up of expatriates from the subcontinent but the support did not have much impact on the result as the gap in class between the two teams was too much. India barely could manage to string in threatening moves with Sunil Chhetri and Mohammed Rafi failing to find a decent shot at opposition goal. Australian goal-keeper Mark Schwarzer, who plays for EPL side Fulham, was rarely tested. Chhetri and his strike partner Mohammed Rafi were kept at bay by the Australian defence led by captain and Galatasaray center-back Lucas Neill and towering AFC Player of the Year Sasa Ognenovski, who captained South Korean side Seongnam to AFC Champions League title. The Indian defence of Gouramanagi Singh, Anwar, Surkumar Singh and Deepak Mondal played their best but found too hot to handle the Australian forwards who play in top leagues in Europe. Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul as usual had a brilliant match but could not stop the Australians from scoring four goals. India play their second match against Bahrain on January 14.

ing match at Al Saad Stadium. To the credit of the Indians, who had to play without talismanic skipper Bhaichung Bhutia due to a calf injury, the match did not turn out to be mauling by their opponents, who are ranked highest at 26th in FIFA charts. Star Australia forward Tim Cahill, who plays for English Premier League side Everton, scored twice (11th and 65th) w h i l e Tu r k i s h t o p s i d e Galatasaray midfielder Harry Kewell and Brett Holman found the target once in the 25th and

45+2 minutes. Playing in the continent's biggest stage after a gap of 27 years, India, the lowest ranked side at 142nd, expectedly found the going tough against their formidable rivals and title contenders who have come here with players based mostly in European top flight leagues. Australia's German coach Holger Osieck fielded his strongest side and his players raided the Indian goal umpteen times and did not have much trouble to run away with a thumping victory. India were cheered by a near-

In another match, Koo Jacheol scored twice Monday in South Korea’s 2-1 win over Bahrain in Group C. A defense-minded Bahrain pulled a goal back.


even in the second half when we were down 0-3. It was a very good performance by our boys. We qualified for the Asian Cup after a gap of 27 years and we played well today. We can hold our heads high and we can be proud of ourselves," said Houghton who had coached the national sides of China and Uzbekistan besides top club sides in West Asia and USA. "I think our players will improve in the next two games (against Bahrain and South Korea) as they had done well against Australia," he added. Houghton felt the first goal by Australia was from an off-

side position and said that put his side at the backfoot. "Our defence was doing well under pressure and then that first goal came. It was clearly from an off-side position and that put us at the backfoot," the 63-yearold Englishman said of the goal scored by Tim Cahill in the 11th minute. Asked about any area of the game which he thought a concern for India, Houghton said, "It was difficult to stop the bigger Australians from scoring off set pieces. We could not also score from set pieces. So it is an area where we lack."

South Korea win

We can hold our heads high: Bob India lost 0-4 to formidable Australia but coach Bob Houghton said his boys can hold their heads high for dishing out a spirited fight against higherranked opponents in their opening match of the Asian Cup football tournament here today. "We played against a formidable side with several 2010 World Cup players and English Premiership players in their ranks. Australia are not world number 26 just by fortune. They are an enormously experienced side. But we kept our shape and discipline throughout the match," Houghton said at the post-match press conference. "My boys were not intimidated. They kept the fight going


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‘Availability affected our chances’ AGENCIES BANGALORE, JAN 10

Paul Collingwood on Monday admitted that English players' non-availability for the whole IPL-IV played a big part in their snubbing by the team owners during the two-day auction in Bangalore. The timing of England's one t o u r - g a m e a n d f i r s t Te s t against Sri Lanka clashes with the latter stages of the IPL, which will run from April 8 to May 22. The first Test will begin from May 26 and England players are expected to play in at least one first-class fixture before that. This scenario, Collingwood said went against the England players.

14 preliminary stage matches for IPL PTI NEW DELHI, JAN 10

All the 10 IPL teams will play a total of 14 games in the preliminary stage of the fourth edition, twice against five outfits but only once against the four other Franchisees. The Twenty20 extravaganza will begin on April 8 and conclude in May 28. "During the IPL 2011 Season, each team will play a total of 14 games, 7 Home

Somnath Chatterjee bats for Ganguly PTI KOLKATA, JAN 10

Mass support poured in from all quarters for city's star son and former India captain Sourav Ganguly as more effigies of Shah Rukh Khan and Kolkata Knight Riders were burnt in the streets here today after all the 10 franchises had rejected the iconic cricketer for IPL IV. Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee said the ace left-hander was a victim of politics by the private teams who had opted not to bid for Ganguly during the two-day IPL players auctions that eneded in Bangalore yesterday. "It's really sad and unfair that a player of Ganguly's calibre was not allowed to play despite his wish. It was very clear from the auction that the IPL franchises intentionally did it," Chatterjee said. "Don't forget that he is an immensely popular figure all over the world and that's why he is called 'Dada' by his fans. He is the most successful Indian cricket captain and there should not be any doubt over his ability," he said. The Cricket Association of

Bengal (CAB) also came in Ganguly's and said the news came as a shock to them. "We are shocked to hear this. The fan following of the team will definitely get affected without Ganguly. He is a big factor for KKR. Crowd will definitely lose interest in the team," CAB jointsecretary Sujan Mukherjee said. Carefully choosing his words, Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary, who has been bought by KKR, said: "It was very surprising to see that no team bid for Ganguly."

and 7 Away. To achieve this, each team will play 5 teams Home and Away, 2 teams at Home only and 2 teams Away only," Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) said in a release. As per the draw, 2010 champions Chennai Super Kings will have its home-and-away fixtures against new entrants Kochi and Sahara Pune Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals. Chennai's home-only matches will be against Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers. The team, to be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will have its away-only fixtures against Kings XI Punjab and 2010 finalists Mumbai Indians. The two-day players auction concluded yesterday in Bangalore with 55 Players bought for USD 9.9 million, taking the total money spent over the two days to USD 62.8 million. In all 127 players were bought by the Franchisees in the fray.

KKR to find a role for Ganguly: SRK AGENCIES BANGALORE, JAN 10

Kolkata Knight Riders' owner and Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan on Monday said he would try and find a role for Sourav Ganguly in his IPL team after the former India skipper remained unsold. Ganguly, who led KKR in the last edition, was left red-faced as none of the 10 franchisees showed interest in buying him at the two-day auction in Bangalore. "I would love it. I would love Sourav to be an integral part. You don't have a team in Kolkata without him. So, I will speak to Dada when I get back," Shah Rukh said. The fans of Ganguly on Sunday burnt Khan's effigies in Kolkata protesting his exclusion

from the team. Shah Rukh refused to speak on why other teams ignored the former India captain. "I don't think I should be commenting on the nine other people. There are 350 to 400 players. There are 10 teams with think-tanks varying in hundred of numbers, the permutations and combinations. I don't think any of us can comment really on who should pick who? I don't think we have the right to do that. "Auction is actually like a chance. It is very difficult to be completely confirmed on what you do in the auction. So things go wrong, the kind of money you have, which players come first, lots of decisions have to be made," he said.










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BY CHRISTINA VIEGAS HERALD FEATURES agazines, newspapers, television and the internet are crammed with glamorous personalities; those privileged beings who everyone desires to be like or desires to have. The glaringly obvious feature in the majority of these people today is their physical makeover. No, no! We are not talking of great hairstyles, face packs or chic clothes. We are talking about their very anatomy. Whether it is Sushmita Sen for her infamous implants, or a Kangana Ranaut who blatantly (with the artificial pout) denies she went in for implants and collagen in the lips, or most of the sexy Khans going in for body contouring, or Katrina Kaif ’s new full lips or even a disastrous the same disruption of fats which are expelled, yet there are no cuts, no anaesthesia result like Koena Mitra’s nose job, cosmetic surgery has come to stay. While it and comparatively more affordable than surgery.” The men get under the scalpel to knock of huge mounds of fat around the abdomen becomes difficult to pick out one Indian celebrity who hasn’t gone in for a plastic job, in Hollywood, cosmetic surgery has become the norm with almost everyone and thereby go in for liposuction (removing excess fat) tummy tucks (getting rid of the excess skin). Besides, large numbers of men come in for breast jobs as they find going in either for a butt lift, bosom implant, tummy tuck, whatever. theirs too big for comfort. The women predominantly come in for breast jobs, butt But the startling fact is that the same trend has caught lifts and body contouring. Even the youth with their young bodies up with the normal people of today. With the upper midare going in for repair. Such is the craze to look good. Another dleclass, youngsters as young as 13 years are walking in to POSTOPERATIVE SURVEYS change their looks. Their lament: Even the Creator makes REVEAL BENEFITS INCLUDING: trend that is catching up is the Mummy Makeover. The doctors caution that it is advisable for the moms to come in after a year mistakes in His process of designing us. And if they can as this would give them sufficient time with their newborn chop off a little or add on a little to look like that sexy star, * Greater self-confidence why not? And while there is a beeline to be part of the * Improved social lives as well babies and also for them to recuperate from their delivery. And what is the Mummy Makeover? A complete getting back beautiful people, the residents in Goa are not to be left beas interpersonal relationships to pre-pregnancy and delivery stage which includes, re-shaping hind. Working out to tone the body and eating healthy is or lifting the breasts, getting rid of stretch marks and excess old school and mundane. Face lifts, nose reshaping, breast * Increased enjoyment of fat around the waist, arms and thighs, pubic lift, liposuction of lifts or implants, tummy tucks and liposuction are the depubic area, labia augmentation and labia reduction. The doctors mand of the day. According to sources at the Vintage Hosleisure activities enlighten, “Often a woman gets lost in the rigours of pregnancy, pital, Goa, “People are willing to go any lengths to look childbirth and looking after kids that she completely lets go. beautiful. Gone are the days when people only came in * Success and recognition But the good news is that while all this slog does not affect for a plastic reconstructive surgery to camouflage acci- * Emotional and physical wellyour health, the bad news is that it takes a toll on your physical dent wounds or to replace a breast lost to cancer. Now looks.” being people come in for exclusive cosmetic surgery. It’s amazing to see what can now be achieved with minimum * Happiness And according to the surgeons, often it just takes a little invasion and maximum results – safely!” implant to make all the difference in your beauty and self esteem. But they caution that whoever intends going in for cosmetic The Founder President of the Indian Society of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr Mohan Thomas enthuses, “Four years ago, we mostly got foreign clients but now what’s surgery, whether male or female, young or old, parents or unmarried, you should interesting is to see the locals coming in, in large numbers. We see a lot of go to a renowned surgeon and not to a non-competent person just because the potential in the Goan market as people are highly aware of beauty procedures and cost is relatively less. Besides, you need to understand that there will be soreness, have the money.” From across the globe the clients are predominantly from the discomfort and a much needed recuperation period. As for the scars, they will UK and US. Dr Thomas says, “Being a famous tourist destination, Goa attracts a lot gradually fade away. of the British and Europeans who are setting up home here. Many come for a For those of us, either blessed with long periods of youth or reaping the benefits period of six months which is ideal as people need time to recuperate after the of staying fit and still wary of going under the knife, it does get startling to listen surgery.” Another vital factor is the cost. With the surgery here three to four times to the facts and figures of the huge numbers of people going in for cosmetic cheaper than in the West, it is not only the foreigners who can afford it, but Goa’s surgery from all age groups. You almost want to hug yourself and feel your upper middle class who now do not have to travel to Mumbai. softness and suppleness or your hardness, and relish your natural beauty and enWhile the women queue in for nose jobs, breast jobs and liposuction, the men dowments because you do not know if someday you would jump into the bandrefuse to be left behind in the vanity game. Dr Thomas says, “Men are fast wagon of cosmetic beauty where you end up with silicone implants, a butt lift or catching up! They make up for 40 per cent of our clients and usually come in for a Mummy or Daddy makeover. breast reduction, body contouring and rhinoplasty.” ‘G-nius’, a permanent non But then, at the end of the day, looking good means feeling healthy…or, is it surgical fat loss treatment which is the brief application of ultrasound energy in feeling healthy means looking good? The lines are blurring, but it is no big deal the form of a pulse has also caught on. Dr Thomas enlightens us, “This is highly ap- for the recipients of beauty at the scalpel. According to them, “It is really the pealing to the large segment of people who shied away from surgery. It brings about same thing!”

Chewing on wishes and living with a sag are passé. With the boom in cosmetic surgery, Herald discovers that getting under the knife is no big deal for most; instead they emerge with high self-esteem


Shaolin Temple’s Overseas Companies:

Delhi and the Deadly Divorce

Business Innovation or Commercialisation of an Art?

Divorce Rates in the Capital skyrocketing S


hina's famed Shaolin Temple has set up over forty companies overseas as it hopes to spread Buddhist-inspired martial arts around the globe. But the announcement of a vast business plan to send the temple's famed warrior monks abroad has been met with criticism over the commercialisation of Buddhism. “We currently operate over 40 companies in cities across the world, such as Berlin and London,” said Shi Yongxin, the temple's abbot. “The Shaolin Temple is also participating in the operation of some other companies related to the same industry,” he said, adding that the companies have bought land and property overseas. Shi, the first Chinese monk to earn a master's degree in business administration, denied the businesses were profit-motivated, insisting that the temple was fulfilling an overseas infatuation with Shaolin culture. The temple, which was established in 495 AD, is known as the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and Chinese Kung Fu. Shaolin warrior monks have held legendary status for centuries throughout Asia; while over the last fifty years films and television have spread their reputation worldwide. Besides teaching martial arts around the world, the Shaolin

centres also include Zen meditation workshops and Chinese language training, Shi said. The temple has nearly 130 martial arts clubs in the United States alone, while Shaolin monks are already capable of teaching in English, German and Spanish, he said. Shi, known as the ‘CEO of Shaolin’ since taking over the temple a decade ago, has developed commercial ventures such as Kung Fu shows, film production and online merchandise sales. Last year he denied the temple planned to participate in an initial public offering with a Hong Kong travel company, while a Beijing court turned down an application to put a Shaolin trademark on consumer goods like instant noodles. Shi's business efforts have been widely criticised as a naked attempt to commercialise Buddhism. “To many people, a temple is a reclusive place outside the bustles of the material world, but when a monk like Shi travels frequently by plane to promote his businesses, secular society cannot keep up, a leading newspaper said in an editorial. “While spreading ideas has been the traditional theme of most religions, Shaolin's ventures abroad also help China spread its traditional culture and thinking, and gain more understanding through a civil channel,” said the editorial. (Courtesy: AFP)

eeking a divorce from a troubled marriage is no more limited to the ‘celebrities’ and the ‘elite’ as an increasing number of middle class people are also hitting the splitsville button due to high stress level and more options available to find a second partner, say experts. The latest reports of troubled marriages have hit Arun Nayar-Liz Hurley and Big Boss 4 participants Ali Merchant and Sara Ali. Experts say the divorce rate is at a high as the social stigma associated with the middle class is fast disappearing. “In the absence of joint families, people don't even know what family and marriage values are. They don't even get time to understand the reason they are married in the first place,” says Dr Kamal Khurana, a Delhi-based marriage and relationship therapist. There is no concrete data available on the number of divorces taking place in Delhi but divorce lawyer Osama Suhail says it is in the range of 6,000 to 8,000 per year. “The role of women in the family is changing as they are doing jobs and matching steps with their husbands. They are being more assertive and in many cases, it leads to a divorce,” says Suhail. The divorce rate is as low as 1.1 per cent in India as compared to 50 per cent in the USA but the cases are on the rise in metros in comparison to the rural areas. “The family fabric is intact in villages as we have joint families. But in metros, couples suffer from the consumer mentality. They see marriage as just another service and they want to change it if it's not working properly,” says Khurana. Another reason for the rise in divorce cases in the capital is also because people are more career-oriented and materialistic as a result of which they have no time for family. Suhail has an interesting reason behind it. “Victims can get more maintenance here compared to other parts of India as salary packages are higher. In one of my recent

cases, a woman got one lakh as maintenance per month after her divorce,” he says. Vivek Pahwa, CEO of the website which helps people to find a spouse after a divorce says there are around two lakh registered users on his website all over India. “Out of them, around 25 per cent belong to Delhi and it ranks highest in number of divorcees seeking a match,” says Pahwa. He says 70 per cent of the total users are in the age group of 25 years to 40 years. Psychiatrist Sanjay Chugh says the channels to find a new partner are numerous these days which prompt people to move on from a stuck marriage. “The Internet has made the job of finding a partner very easy. With so many social networking sites, people can find a suitable match,” says Chugh. However, Khurana has a simple mantra for a successful marriage. “Whatever you want from your partner, give that in return. That's the simplest way to keep your marriage successfully intact,” he advises. (Courtesy: PTI)










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WHAT’S UP IN GOA?? ‘Background to the Palestinian struggle for freedom’ will be the topic of discussion at Friday Balcao. It will be given by David Albuquerque, a member of the Justice for Palestine, Brisbane, Australia and will take place on January 14 from 4pm to 6pm at Goa Desc Resource Centre, Mapusa. E-mail Painting Exhibition organised by Architecture Autonomous will be held at the Kala Academy Art Gallery, Kala Academy, Panjim till January 12. Call 2420452. The 16th Goa Yuva Mahotsav, will be held on January 15 at 9am and January 16 at 8pm, at MIBK School Complex, Khandepar Ponda, Goa. Call 9422058590 or 2750585. ‘One Foreign Love’, a painting exhibition, organised by Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts is underway till January 21 at Sunaparanta, Altinho, Panjim. Call 2421311. The Children’s Tiatr Festival, organised by Tiatr Academy of Goa is underway till January 13 at Goa State Museum, Patto, Panjim. ‘The Trap’, an exhibition of paintings by upcoming Mumbai artist Somnath Mane at Gallery Attic till January 14. Portuguese Basic Course organised by the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Alto Porvorim is underway till March 20, 2011, from 6pm to 8pm. It will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For further details contact 2417772. Lokotsav is underway at the Kala Academy till January 16 from 10 am to 7:30pm. It has a wide variety of products for sale. For details



 H O R O S C O P E call 2420452. The Belgaum International Kite Festival 2011 to be held on January 16 and 17 at Nanawadi, Belgaum. It is open to all. Kite lovers who want to participate, contact 09844044199 or 09480188877. Beat Root Blues Band will perform on January 15 at 8pm at Goa Chitra, Benaulim, Goa. Portuguese language classes for basic and elementary levels is organised by the Centre for Portuguese Language and Culture (CPLC) of Chowgule College in collaboration with Instituto Camoes, Panjim. The course will begin on Monday, January 17, 2011 and will be conducted at the college premises. Inner Engineering-The Peak Of Well Being Spiritual, a seven day inner engineering program is organised by Isha Foundation at Lingayat Hall near Adarsh V V High School, Margao from January 12 to 18. Free introductory lecture at 6pm. Contact 9822100305 Singing Competition (solo) of patriotic songs is organised for senior citizens and high school students on January 25 at 5pm at Senior Citizens Recreation Centre Pedda, Margao. One prizes each for students from Std V to VIII, Std IX to X and for senior citizen. Contact 2700886 by January 20. A card-making workshop is underway till January 15 at Blue Lemon. The method taught will be eye to eye iris folding card making. For further details call 9881696445. Classes in solo singing in western classical music, organised by the Kala Academy, Panjim will be held every Tuesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm at the Kala Academy. Registration is open to persons within the age group of 10 to 20 years. Registration closes on January 14. Call 2420452.

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Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011



First Ever Children Tiatr Festival garners in a Good Audience BY DOLCY D’CRUZ HERALD FEATURES n Goa, parents get really excited to see their children performing at school functions or feast day events on the village level. Giving this tender talent a larger platform, the Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) organised its first Children Tiatr Competition. The ongoing completion is being held with the aim of encouraging children’s participation in the cast and crew of tiatr. The auditorium at the Goa State Museum was filled beyond capacity to watch the children work their magic. The competition was inaugurated by child artist of the Konkani stage, Josepha D’Souza in the presence of veteran tiatrist Cyriaco Dias, Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG and Victor de Souza, Member of TAG. On the first day, just after the inauguration, the tiatr ‘Besanv’ was staged. Aleixo Victor de Jesus Fernandes wrote the play while Roberto Rodrigues directed the tiatr with 12 main characters and singers. The children played their respective roles very well, exuding great confidence and not fumbling with the dialogues. Fermino Goes did the make-up, giving the children a more matured look. Maythan Barreto was brilliant with his song, paying tribute to tiatrists of the yesteryears like Remmie Colaco, M Boyer and William de Curtorim. Speaking about the competition, Tomazinho Cardozo said, “Our main aim for organising the competition was to inculcate the love of tiatr in the children. We want to involve them in tiatr so that we can have a strong foundation to continue the tradition of tiatr. We had organised a tiatr workshop for children, teaching them the true format of tiatr and most of them are participating in the competition. Many of the students are from Lourdes Convent, Saligao. The age limit for the competition is 19 years. We plan on organising more workshops in this year and we hope that this year’s participation, which is


five groups, should be doubled by next year.” Day two saw the performance of ‘Mhonvall Vikh’ written by Tomazinho Cardozo and directed by Dhananjay Phalkar. Shenaya Pereira beautifully sang a song on the qualities of onions. On January 10, the tiatr ‘Disha Konn Dakhoitolo?’ by Carmin Vas and directed by Melvina Joseph was presented by the St Michael Taleigao SocioCultural Association. The tiatr ‘Teacher Mhaka Palov Di’ by Mangala Nadkarni and directed by Saish Deshpande will be presented by theatre group Abhivyaktee, Panaji, on January 11. On January 12, the last tiatr of the competition, ‘Ami Soglle Ek’ by Tomazinho Cardozo and directed by Marciano Noronha will be presented by St Anthony’s High School, Monte de Gurim. On January 13, the prize distribution ceremony will be held with comedy and songs by Dominic and Luis Bachchan and their troupe. “There are three panels of judges each with two members. One panel is for the prose section of the tiatr, another for the songs and music and the third for the script. Other aspects like make-up, stage settings, lighting and costumes will also be taken into account,” said Cardozo. The tiatr competition is being held at the Goa State Museum, Panjim at 3:30pm and will be on till January 12, 2011.

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Child artiste Josepha D'Souza lighting the traditional lamp to mark the inauguration of the 1st Children's Tiatr Festival 2010

A still from the tiatr Besanv

Canny Fernandes

Shenaya singing her heart out

Staging the Mystic of Bengali Folk Art

HERALD FEATURES The Kala Academy, Panjim and banglanatak dot com presented three days of folk magic with the Folk Festival held at the Kala Academy. The Festival saw an amalgamation of dance and song and was a treat to the eyes and ears.

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Celebrating the Birth Anniversary of the Creator of Tiatr Tiatr has a bright future: Churchill Alemao Tiatr needs national recognition: Vijay Kenkre


ernment of Goa. He was speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of the celebration of the 147th birth anniversary of Lucasinho Ribeiro, the creator of tiatr, at the DMK Auditorium, Kala Academy. Speaking further he disclosed that he is not only a lover of tiatr but has been part of the industry too. He said that he was a tiatrist and had written directed and staged some tiatrs in the past. He even sang a small song from the tiatr to the surprise of the audience. Paresh Joshi, vice chairman of the Kala Academy who was the guest of honour, strongly expressed the need for the preservation of tiatr. He said that we may venture out on numerous innovations but we should take care that the unique format of tiatr is maintained. Tomazinho Cardozo, President of TAG in his welcome address brought to the notice of the people the contribution of the late Lucasinho Ribeiro to the tiatr stage. Ribeiro wrote directed and staged the first Konkani tiatr ‘Italian Bhurgo’ on April 17, 1892, 118 years back in Mumbai. The formal function was followed by the staging of the tiatr ‘Bhurgim Tim Bavlim Nhoi’ written and directed by Roseferns.

Churchill Alemao delivering his message

HERALD FEATURES f tiatr artistes wish to create a niche for themselves, they will have to drift away from the conventional formula and present something which is different,” said Vijay Kenkre, a renowned theatre personality. He was delivering a lecture on ‘New Trends in Modern Theatre’ on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lucasinho Ribeiro, the creator of tiatr. The lecture was held at the Black Box, Kala Academy, Panjim on January 2. Dwelling minutely on theatre from different regions of the world – India, Europe and America - Kenkre placed before the tiatr artistes numerous unusual happenings in the recent past in the field of theatre. “Modern theatre is over 150 years old and hence many dramatic analysts refer to today’s theatre as post modern and sometimes post-post modern,” disclosed Kenkre. He then cited an example. In Marathi drama, he said, the spoken word has been replaced by visuals. He also said that a play is not merely entertainment but it also makes people realise that there is more to it. The combination of language and visuals makes any presentation perfect. Speaking further he said that in the 21st century drama is going to experience new trends as writers as well as directors are engrossed with innovations and inclined to place before the audience something that is not conventional. Although there is a risk in such attempts, particularly in commercial drama, a few commercial artistes do take such risks. That vacuum is filled by parallel drama which is presented by amateurs and artistes interested in doing things differently. He said that tiatr in Goa has wide following and hence it is commercially viable. He advised tiatr artistes to bring out literature about it and make sure it reaches government authorities not only in the state but at the national level. Such attempts will definitely help Goan tiatr to get recognition at the national level. Numerous tiatr artistes namely Anil Kumar, Joe Rose, Mario Menezes, Cosme Fernandes, etc posed numerous questions to which Kenkre replied satisfactorily.


Vijay Kenkre opening the celebrations

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HERALD FEATURES iatr is one of the most important cultural aspects of the Goan society. It has done yeomen service to the cause of Konkani language. Tiatr highlights the political, social and religious issues of the Goan society besides providing entertainment. Tiatr has a bright future because it is loved by Goans,” said Churchill Alemao, Minister for PWD, Gov-









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Tueday, 11 Jan 2011

Spears, Hilton reunite at Hollywood Party


ormer party pals Britney Spears and Paris Hilton unexpectedly reunited after turning up as guests to a Hollywood dinner party. The Toxic hitmaker cut wildchild Hilton out of her life in 2008 after suffering a headline-grabbing breakdown which saw her lose custody of her two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline and being placed under her father’s conservatorship. Spears has since cleaned up her act and has been working on resurrecting her pop career, while Hilton has found herself in trouble with the law on numerous occasions last year for drug possession. But the two blondes smiled and posed for the cameras at the Thursday’s event after coming face-to-face at Palihouse private diners club for a mutual friend’s birthday party, which Spears attended along with boyfriend Jason Trawick. “Britney was shy with most of the people there. But she and Paris hugged and talked for a while,” said an eyewitness.




Matt Damon’s Alter Ego Mike Smiley protects his Privacy


n a bid to protect his privacy, Hollywood actor Matt Damon has invented a “boring” alter ego for himself named Mike Smiley. The 40-year-old actor said that his former girlfriend, actress Minnie Driver, advised him to make people think that he is bland and quiet when he first shot to fame to reduce the interest in his personal life. “Whenever I did interviews, I pretended to be this other guy, Mike Smiley. So this boring, smiley guy Mike would turn up and do my interviews for me, which let me get on with my life,” the Bourne Identity star said. Speaking about his co-star Angelina Jolie in The Good Shepherd, Damon said he is relieved that he does not attract much attention like her. “You always knew which days Angelina was working because there were 40 cameras outside. Eventually they moved her trailer to keep her away from the paparazzi. “But when I’d walk back and forth, the paps were like lions that had already been fed – so they’d just look at me. Maybe there’d be one camera flash as one guy took a picture without really looking,” Damon added.

Bollywood’s Thriving Thirties


or Bollywood divas today, turning 30 no longer means pack-up time. The age lines are presently vanishing with girls thriving in their 30s. One good example is Kareena Kapoor. Despite entering into her 30s, the actress has a very busy schedule till at least 2012 as she has been signed up opposite practically all the Khans of the Indian film indurstry. Her upcoming projects comprise Ra One opposite Shah Rukh Khan, Agent Vinod with beau Saif Ali Khan, My Love Story with Salman Khan, Short-Term Shaadi with Imran Khan and Reema Kagti’s untitled thriller opposite Aamir Khan. The list also includes Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan. The duo plays leading ladies in No One Killed Jessica. Rani will also be seen in Kagti’s untitled thriller along with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Vidya Balan on the other hand will be seen in Ekta Kapoor’s The Dirty Picture and Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahani.

New Device promises Noiseless Dental Drill

A Fat Tummy could shrink your Brain


new study by researchers in the US has revealed that having a larger waistline could shrivel your brain. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, which is linked to cognitive impairment, says Antonio Convit at the New York University School of Medicine. Convit wanted to see what impact obesity had on the physical structure of the brain. As part of the study, he used magnetic resonance imaging to compare the brains of 44 obese individuals with those of 19 lean people of similar age and background. He discovered that obese people had more water in the amygdala – a part of the brain involved in eating behaviour. He also saw smaller orbitofrontal cortices in obese people, important for impulse control and also involved in feeding behaviour. “It could mean that there are less neurons, or that those neurons are shrunken,” added Convit.


n innovative device which cancels the noise of the dental drill could ease anxiety about visits to the dentist. The sound of the dental drill is known to be the prime cause of anxiety about dental treatment. Developed by experts at King’s College London, Brunel University and London South Bank University, the prototype works in a similar way to noise-cancelling headphones but it is designed to deal with the very high pitch of the dental drill. The patients can hear the dentist and other members of the dental team speaking to them but other unwanted sounds are filtered out by the device, according to a King’s College statement. The device was initially the brainchild of Brian Millar at King’s College London’s Dental Institute who was inspired by carmaker Lotus’ efforts to develop a system that removed unpleasant road noise. With over a decade of collaboration with engineering researchers at Brunel and South Bank Universities, a prototype has been designed, built and successfully evaluated.

Now, a Dating Website for Fat People!


first-of-its-kind dating website for people “larger than life” has come up in Britain, that also says slim people “need not apply”. Around 1,000 people flocked to the website in the first 12 hours of its opening in the first week of January. The self-confessed dating site for ‘large folk’ invited people with natural curves to join up to share some big love. The dating agency is the brainchild of dating entrepreneur Howard James, creator of The Ugly Bug Ball - the world’s first dating site for the “aesthetically challenged”. James said the site was designed to offer Britain’s estimated 12 million overweight men and women a ‘much-needed’ service. “Most dating sites seem to show people who are skinny models but there is a huge proportion of the population that is fabulously flabby,” he said. “There are precious few resources for them to find love with other overweight people,” James added. A member named Lisa Lawler, from London, said: “The site has been a Editor –in-chief: R F Fernandes. Editor: Ashwin Tombat. Chief Editor-Features: Christina Viegas.

real helping hand for me, I’ve finally been given the chance to embrace my curves and get back on the dating ladder.” Another member named Trevor, from Leeds, is one of the heaviest people in the dating site and weighs 178 kg. Courtesy: Agencies

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